Threads Around the World by Deb Brandon
[Hardcover, 160 pages] Threads Around the World: From Arabian Weaving to Batik in Zimbabwe by Deb Brandon. Handmade textiles are personal, no matter where in the world they're created, and these photos and explanations of 25 diverse world cultures' techniques vividly share the details. Take a voyage through these pages and see how today's artisans continue to create traditional fiber arts with age-old methods. Blending well-researched information, engaging style, and inspiration, the pages explore espadrilles, flatwoven rugs, mittens, voudou flags, mirror embroidery, and the histories they hold. This open-eyed approach will appeal to textile devotees, from the casually curious to professional artists, and to people who are interested in heritage crafts and diverse cultures. Brandon has written for more than a decade for WARP (Weave A Real Peace), a nonprofit networking organization whose members are dedicated to improving the quality of life of textile artisans in communities in need.