Textiles: The Bridge between Cultures

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The Bridge The Thrums Books virtual gallery and museum tour has traveled around the world over the last year, from Oaxaca to Toronto, from Colorado and Arizona to points beyond. We’ve introduced you (or perhaps just reminded you) of some fabulous textile collections far afield and maybe in your own back yard. This month we’re heading to […]

Cultural Roots Near and Far

Oaxaca Stories in Cloth

When I was growing up in Oklahoma in the 1950s, I had a music teacher, Miss Sadlo, whose father had emigrated from Czechoslovakia early in the century. She had grown up in the nearby little town of Prague (which we Okies pronounced “Prayg”), founded and largely populated by her fellow countrymen from Bohemia. Miss Sadlo […]

The Wonder of Will and the Story of It All

Wonder of Will

Today, I am traveling with a dear friend to peer inside the original 1623 book that gave us The Tempest (one of my favs), Hamlet, Twelfth Night, and all the bard’s best. Well, in fact, all the bard. The book, Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, is the first complete collection of his plays. […]

The Long Thread

Symmetry

I’ve been reading a terrific book called I Contain Multitudes about microbes and their pervasive role in all of creation, not to mention my own gut. So a recent story in the New York Times immediately caught my eye: “Could Ancient Remedies Hold the Answer to the Looming Antibiotic Crisis?” As I dug into the story, […]

Creating Textile Fiestas

Author Sheri Brautigam shares her purpose for writing Textile Fiestas of Mexico. Luckily, several years ago, I had a job training Mexican English teachers in Mexico, in both the State of Mexico and in Oaxaca. For four years, I was able to travel around the country easily during vacations and breaks, and I got completely hooked on the traditional cultures and on collecting  samples […]

What Does Sagebrush Know That Tumbleweed Doesn’t?

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This week we have a beautiful dispatch from Thrums author Eric Mindling about his newest book. In the simplest sense, my book Oaxaca Stories in Cloth: A Book about People, Belonging, Identity, and Adornment is about what people wear . . . and specifically, what people wear in the villages of Oaxaca, Mexico. It is a story told […]

Celebrating Textiles in Mexico— Having Fun and Working Hard

Textile Fiestas of Mexico

Sheri Brautigam is a woman who seems to have perfected the balance between having fun and working hard. And that balance is one of my favorite things about the travel guide she’s just written for Thrums Books, Textile Fiestas of Mexico–A Traveler’s Guide to Celebrations, Markets, and Smart Shopping. Just looking at the cover of […]

Oaxaca Stories in Cloth–An Inside Look

Oaxaca Stories in Cloth

Picture This I read about glamorous photo shoots for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, and so forth with amazement. There’s the photographer, of course. The hair person. The makeup person. The person to schlep gear.  The person to hold lights just so, one to aim a fan at the model’s hair so it blows fetchingly in […]

Gold Medal Performance

Gold Medal Performance

The athletes have arrived in Rio. The nations have paraded. The flame has been lit. The Olympics are officially upon us. In the weeks ahead, no doubt we’ll witness amazing athletic prowess, hear about great speeds and sportsmanship, and tally the medals. I’ll admit I love the Olympics. They are proof that people from the most […]

When Our Ship Comes In

I’ve been reading Barkskins, a new novel by Annie Proulx. It’s set in 17th century French Canada and the British colonies, and it is horrifying and yet completely engaging. I’m struck, as I read, by the way travel by ship defined life in those times. If you wanted to send a message from Quebec to […]

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