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Reading threads AROUND THE WORLD by Schiffer Publishing, is like reading Deb’s diary; the book is a personal narration of textile traditions from many cultures around the world. For those of us who feel most at home and at peace when thread and fabric is in our hands, there is a deep connection to her stories about global processes and traditions.
Dedicated to her tribe, this collection of textile articles spun out of her own travels, or those of family and friends. The reader is given a glimpse into 25 different global traditions, with a personal story, photos, and further resources to investigate a technique further.
Deb joined WARP (Weave a Real Peace) in 2001 and wrote articles in her column “Textile Techniques from around the World” for their quarterly newsletter. An ethnic-textile enthusiast, she has gathered the stories together in order to share a deeply human activity – creating cloth to comfort our bodies and celebrate the rich cultural traditions of man. Each article is brief and reads as a travelogue of wonderful experiences.
Joe Coca’s beautiful photography are luscious, with beautiful close ups of the textiles. Additional photos show both men and women in the process of working in the techniques they use to create their textile art. Though they are shown in a locale far from my home, I feel a kinship to them and share their passion for working with thread and cloth. I am schooled in many textile processes, but feel my heart beats when I sit at my loom and weave. You can feel the shared love in her stories, and perhaps some envy that her textile collection features many pieces she’s collected or been gifted.
“I also want to acknowledge textile artisans across the globe for keeping their traditions alive, reminding us that we are all connected through time and space. We all are made of the same cloth.”
Thank you, Deb, for sharing these stories with us and for expanding my knowledge of world textile traditions. It’s a magnificent tribe to belong to.