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Traditional Weavers of Guatemala

Thrums Books has been a longtime fan of Friendship Bridge, the wonderful organization dedicated to empowering the lives of women in Guatemala. The San Antonio Friendship Bridge Circle will host its annual fundraiser trunk show and sale on October 19. In preparation for this important day, San Antonio Circle member Susan Albert sent us this […]

Weighing our Options from the Natural World

Natural

We’re faced with alarming news about the climate crisis every day, so encouraging news about the important work of artisan activists is welcomed. True Colors author Keith Recker offers an inspiring look at sustainability in fashion and design and shares real world examples for a hopeful future. Thank you, Keith! Natural Inspiration Over 20 years ago, […]

All the Wiser for the Wandering

“Where’s Joe?” It’s a common question when on a photo shoot with Thrums photographer Joe Coca. While we’re busy interviewing artisans or admiring their textiles, Joe quietly wanders off. Sometimes to the alarm or curiosity of an author, translator, or guide. I’ve learned over many trips with Joe not to worry. He’s just out getting […]

Sustainability and Culture: Time for a Manifesto!

Color Manifesto

True Colors author Keith Recker shares with us his ideas for a “Natural Color Manifesto.”  Won’t you join him?  It has been said that the fashion industry is the second-most polluting industry in the word today, just behind mining and oil extraction. While that is difficult to prove, other sobering statistics should keep us focused […]

The Benefits of Books for Women Artisans of Morocco

Women Artisans of Morocco author Susan Schaefer Davis shares some great examples of how our books and her tours are improving the lives of women artisans in Morocco. Thanks, Susan! While working on my book on Moroccan artisans, it was obvious that the women I spoke with hoped that being in a book would increase […]

A Photographer’s Dream Come True

Joe Coca, Thrums Books photographer extraordinaire and the author-photographer of our newest book, The Human Thread, shares some personal thoughts about his life as a photographer and the making of his book. Thanks, Joe! Last November, I started a new chapter in my life. I sold my photography studio  in Fort Collins, Colorado and moved” […]

Garden of Eden

The Mesopotamian Marshes in southern Iraq were once the third largest wetlands in the world, home to thousands of species of plants and animals—also considered a possible site of the historic Garden of Eden. Ancient Mesopotamian Marsh Arabs sustained themselves in these lands for thousands of years. Decades of war and the draining of the […]

Back to Natural: How We Got Started on True Colors

Colorist, artisan activist, and author Keith Recker drops by this week and takes us back to the beginning of his new book True Colors. Thanks, Keith! True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments came into focus two years ago in a conversation with Thrums Books founder Linda Ligon. As I told her about […]

This Is What World Peace Looks Like

We came back from the International Folk Art Market (IFAM) in Santa Fe last week bursting with the wonder of it all—the music, the dancing, the color, the artisans and the crowds they had attracted, all embracing the beauty and importance of handmade goods from around the world. World Class Books This year’s market was […]

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