Breeze of Blessing

A few weeks ago, I read about an exhibition at the University of Wisconsin’s Ruth Davis Design Gallery, Whirling Return of the Ancestors. The exhibition presents the Egúngún masquerades inspired by a tradition of the Yorùbá peoples of West Africa that honors and celebrates the power and presence of ancestors. Egúngún is a unique cultural […]

Traditional Textile Creation and the Shrinking World

Joshua Hirschstein, co-author of Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos, drops in this week to share his thoughts about the challenges to traditional textiles in a global economy. Minimizing the Impact In 2008, in a small village in the beautiful Annamite Mountains of northern Laos, Maren and I met a Tai Daeng silk weaver who […]

Textiles at the End of the Road

A friend recently told me the story behind a pair of stellar mittens she wears this time of year. A few winters ago, she hiked down a road blocked by snow, climbed over a six foot fence, and threw hay to her friend’s horses. In gratitude, her friend, a Sami woman from Norway, knit her […]

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 […]

Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos: The Journey

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Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos authors Joshua Hirschstein and Maren Beck share some of the journey that led to writing the book. Enjoy! Maren and I never chose to be textile enthusiasts or authors, of Laos or anywhere else. Nor was this destiny inherited, or even anticipated. We kind of just . . . […]

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 — […]

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 […]

WHERE DID ALL THE AUTHORS GO?

Authors

It takes a book about nine months from when the manuscript is finished until the designed pages go to press. (It’s also about the amount of time it takes to create some babies, be they calf or bear cub or human.) The author may have been working on mastering the content for many years, but […]

BY LAND AND BY SEA

Land and Sea

Being land-locked here in Colorado in late winter has given me a serious case of wanderlust. Not that we’ve had a brutal winter, it’s actually been mild and sunny here of late. It probably has more to do with the fact that much of Linda’s days and mine are spent working on books about textile […]

Old Year, New Year, and a Whole Lot of Gratitude

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Old Year 2016 was a wonderful year for Thrums Books. Two of our books won Gold (Maya Threads) and Silver (Traditional Weavers of Guatemala) medals in the Multicultural category of the Benjamin Franklin Awards given by the Independent Book Publishers Association. We attended the always informative and inspiring Weave a Real Peace conference in Santa Fe in […]

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