Three Awards and an Unexpected Prize

The winds have been whirling in all directions at Thrums Books the last couple of weeks. We’re still celebrating the publication of Susan Schaefer Davis’s Women Artisans of Morocco, but we’re also finalizing the last details for two fall books we just sent to press, and now manuscripts are coming in for books we’ll bring […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 — […]

WHERE DID ALL THE AUTHORS GO?

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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 […]

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