High Society

High Society

Linda and I have been having a swell time the last couple of days at the Textile Society of America’s Biennial Symposium in Savannah, Georgia. We’re hanging out in the marketplace with our friends from ClothRoads, the wonderful folks from Ibu, Randall Darwall, Over the Blue Horizon , and many other purveyors of one-of-a-kind textile […]

Sisters from Different Mothers

TraditionalWeavers

Here’s a funny thing. Back in 2014, I was sitting at my desk deep into working on Deborah Chandler and Teresa Cordon’s book, Traditional Weavers of Guatemala, when I got an email. It was from Marilyn Anderson, a well-known and well-loved scholar of Guatemalan textiles who had lived in that country for decades, studying the […]

Yard Sale Huipil

yard sale huipil

The Sale I’m not the kind of person who brakes for yard sales, usually.  But when I see a stack of what looks like handwoven cloth from Guatemala, I pull over. This happened a couple of weeks ago. And it was Guatemalan cloth that I’d spied from the road, a modest pile of slim table runners with […]

In the Twinkling of an Eye

TwinklingofanEye

A little more than thirty years ago, National Geographic magazine published an issue with a young Afghan woman on the cover. Her intense green eyes were so unexpected, and her expression so loaded with hard-to-read emotion, that the photograph has become iconic. Just google “afghan girl” and there she is, after all this time. Kind […]

The Ixil Triangle: Journey to the Unexpected

IxilTriangle

The Hidden Category One of my bookshelves is spilling over with travel guides. Places I’ve been, places I want to go. Most are in the “rough” or “hidden” category (or you could call it the “cheap” category), because those are the kinds that are most likely to lead you to the unexpected. I’ve just added […]

Pure Win

Last week we learned  that Thrums Books won a prestigious Benjamin Franklin Book Award  given by the Independent Book Publishers Association. Two awards, in fact. Maya Threads: A Woven History of Chiapas by Walter F. Morris and Carol Karasik, with photography by Janet Schwartz, won the Gold award in the Multicultural category. Traditional Weavers of Guatemala: Their […]

Same Path, Different Eyes

Traditional Weavers

For ten days at the beginning of March, ClothRoads and Thrums Books hosted a textile tour through Guatemala to meet the artisans of Traditional Weavers of Guatemala–Their Stories, Their Lives. The tour was led by authors Deborah Chandler and Teresa Cordón. Teresa has graciously shared with us some of her thoughts about the trip. The Adventure On […]

Lost Cloth

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

I heard from a dear friend earlier this week on her way to South Africa. She and I tend to check in with each other when we head out on the road—compare notes, give encouragement. Before I set out for a long trek in Africa years ago, I sold her my old Jeep truck. Later, […]

Guatemala Revisited

Gautemala Revisited

In 1946, when WW II had just ended, Mary Meigs Atwater went to Guatemala to look at textiles. Considered the “dean” of the American handweaving revival, she wrote up her experiences in a monograph titled Guatemala Visited, and published it under the Shuttlecraft Guild imprint. You can still get copies today. It makes for fascinating […]

Savoring The World

Taped to my refrigerator is E.B. White’s confession, “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world. That makes it hard to plan the day.” I feel this way often. There’s so much that needs saving, and there is much to savor, especially on a sparkling […]

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