In the Beginning, Weaving a Story

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“The relationship between weaving and storytelling is as old as time.” Carol Karasik wrote that, describing her book of folk tales, Maya Gods & Monsters. She also describes a mysterious thread that binds spoken and visual languages together. I like thinking of textiles as visual language. As Linda and I have been working on our […]

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 […]

Gifts of the Giving Kind

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If you’re searching for a meaningful gift this holiday season–a gift that celebrates traditions, cultures, and craft–we have just a few suggestions! This year, Thrums Books published four beautiful books that explore textiles in Peru, Afghanistan, and Laos, and a quirky little gem of Maya folktales. But beyond the textiles, you’ll discover cultural heritage, the […]

Textiles That Talk

A lot of textile books come my way: scholarly tomes, museum extravaganzas, technique how-tos, and much more. But I don’t think I’ve ever laid hands on a book quite like Maid, Mother, Crone and the Rabbit Net. First, there’s the time span. It starts in 525 CE, jumps to 1875, then to 1953 and present […]

Weaving the Past, Present & Future

Linda Ligon and I have been traipsing about Cusco, Peru the last several days, participating in Tinkuy 2017 Gathering of the Textile Arts. Sponsored by the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco and Andean Textile Arts, Tinkuy celebrates weaving traditions from around the world. Spinners, dyers, weavers, and artisans from Laos to Afghanistan and places […]

Every Dog Has His Day–or His Photograph

Enjoy this delightful post from Thrums Books photographer Joe Coca.  Those characters at Thrums Books asked me to write something for the Thrums blog. I bet they thought I would write about photography or something like that. Well, won’t they be surprised. I am going to write about dogs because not long ago I was […]

Celebrating Latino Literacy

Latino Literacy

The 19th International Latino Book Awards ceremony is happening tonight at the California State University campus at Dominguez Hills. Edward James Olmos will be the emcee honoring more than 200 award-winning authors in what’s been dubbed “The Academy Awards of Latino Literature & Culture.” So we’re thrilled that Thrums Books’ authors Deborah Chandler and Teresa […]

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 . . . […]

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 […]

Thinking of Guatemala

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Tomorrow, Thrums Books’ photographer Joe Coca and I are flying to Guatemala where we’ll wend our way to rainy Panajachel. Yes, we’re working on another book! It’s hard to keep track, isn’t it? Morocco, China, the Navajo Nation, Guatemala. We’re covering all the textile bases. For this month’s featured textile museum it seemed fitting, given […]

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