Meeting Mary Anne

I can’t even remember how it happened. It was 2009. Mary Anne Wise, whom I’d never met, said, “Would you like to come to Guatemala with me?” She was going down on a buying trip to purchase textiles for a trunk show to benefit Friendship Bridge, a microlending organization. I may have expressed some interest […]

Spider Woman’s Children and Navajo Weavers Today

ancestryandtraditions

I’ve been to some fascinating parts of the world in pursuit of indigenous textiles and artisans. Traveling to Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico, India, Laos, Afghanistan, China—seeking out people and far flung places where traditions are maintained and sometimes crafting a book to tell the stories—has been a joy and a privilege. But I had to […]

The Next Generation

One of the biggest concerns, for those of us who love and work with indigenous textiles from around the world, is “Who will carry on the traditions?” It’s complicated. Young people once learned from their elders, stayed in their home villages, got a sixth-grade education at most, married young, and spun and wove for the […]

Seeds and Threads

I’m looking forward to this year’s meeting of Weave a Real Peace (WARP)  in Decorah, Iowa, in a couple of weeks. Little Decorah (population 8,000) is not easy to get to. From where I live, you either drive for twelve hours through flatlands and corn fields, or spend four hours negotiating the Denver airport and […]

Updates and Outtakes for Women Artisans of Morocco

Author Susan Schaefer Davis clues us in on what’s been happening since the publication of her new book Women Artisans of Morocco: Their Stories, Their Lives. It’s been an exciting time since my book Women Artisans of Morocco came out April 15. I’ve heard from lots of old friends—and am finally beginning to realize that […]

Pruning

We’ve just sent Spider Woman’s Children: Navajo Weavers Today to press. It will be three months before we have actual printed copies in hand, but in the meantime I’ll be pruning my files: the stacks and stacks of paper, heaps of books for reference, gigabytes of words and images that tend to pile up as […]

For All the Indigo in China

Last year at about this time, I was in Guizhou Province, China, with photographer Joe Coca and fashion designer Angel Chang. Angel was in the process of building a fashion collection around the indigenous fabrics of Guizhou, an ethnic minority province, largely populated with Miao and Dong people. She graciously took us along and gave […]

Can Textile Travel Make You Smarter?

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Sometimes Facebook is more than a guilt-inducing time suck. Case in point: This morning it reminded me of an article that ran in Time magazine three years ago: “How Studying or Working Abroad Makes You Smarter.” Creativity Intensive travel helps one, the article said, to “think more complexly and creatively.” The extent to which a […]

Language Matters

When you commit to publishing a book involving an indigenous culture, the question always comes up: can it be bilingual? Many of the books we’ve published are based in Spanish-speaking countries, and it would seem both logical and respectful to include both Spanish and English. And we have done that. Sometimes. En Español Chip Morris’s […]

2017: Moments to Remember

» We’re very close to sending Maya Gods & Monsters to press, when we get a frantic message from our author, Carol Karasik: “Wait! A lot of those little designs around the edges are Aztec, not Maya! Not to mention that calendar wheel!” We do a hasty but thorough search for strictly Maya motifs, and find […]

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