Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos: Weaving off the Beaten Path

He said it would not be like any other book we had ever published. With some potential authors, that would be the signal to run the other way, fast. But with this author, I was intrigued. I say “author” but it should be “authors.” Josh Hirschstein and Maren Beck operate as a tight unit — […]

Embroidering within Boundaries: Framing the Story

  I’m thinking about Paula Lerner. This woman who worked tirelessly and fearlessly in Afghanistan to tell the story of women in that desperate, war-torn country. This woman who left an archive of powerful images so we can see and remember what she saw and experienced. I had never heard of Paula Lerner until a couple […]

Cornering the Market

Friends assume that I love to go to the International Folk Art Market each year because of the shopping. It is a market, after all, and world’s largest folk art festival. I do love looking at all that fibery goodness on offer from around the world. But it’s not the what, it’s the who that keeps me […]

A Morality of Cloth

for Linda and Deborah Old friends corresponding in two languages amusingly mistake the word morals (those particular values of right and wrong) with morrales (those lovely bags of Mesoamerica). One writes: “Would that we could create morals from strong thread and skilled hands.” But what could be more moral than thread spun in memory of ancestors, […]