Sounds of Indigo Sleeping

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Over the last few weeks, farmer, dyer, textile artist extraordinaire Rowland Ricketts has been posting fascinating snippets on his Facebook page about the indigo-composting process. This one struck me especially: “The Japanese term for starting the 100 days of indigo composting is nesekomi and implies putting the indigo to bed. We’ll wake it up every […]

Every Dog Has His Day–or His Photograph

Enjoy this delightful post from Thrums Books photographer Joe Coca.  Those characters at Thrums Books asked me to write something for the Thrums blog. I bet they thought I would write about photography or something like that. Well, won’t they be surprised. I am going to write about dogs because not long ago I was […]

When the Dead Jump for Joy

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Can you make out the faces in this blurry old photo? I took it in the unlit interior of a headman’s one-room dwelling in a small Andean village about twenty-five years ago. They’re the skulls of his grandfathers, and his great-grandfather. He keeps them on a prominent shelf in his little hut, along with fresh […]

Xam Tai’s Cultural Textile Tradition Marches into Modern Times

This week’s post is crafted by Joshua Hirschstein and Maren Beck, authors of our brand new book Silk Weaver’s of Hill Tribe Laos. They offer a special view into the world of Lao weaving and ask some hard questions about the future of traditional textiles. Thanks, Josh and Maren! Upon walking into a hill tribe […]