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Every Thread a Story & The Secret Language of Miao Embroidery
Every Thread a Story & The Secret Language of Miao Embroidery

Every Thread a Story & The Secret Language of Miao Embroidery


160 Pages, 9 x 11

Formats: Boxed Set, EPUB, PDF

Boxed Set, $49.95 (US $49.95) (CA $66.95)

Publication Date: April 2020

ISBN 9781733200394

Rights: WOR X UK & EUR

Thrums Books (Apr 2020)


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This boxed set highlights artists and textiles from the Guizhou Province of China

Every Thread a Story is a tribute to ethnic minority artisans of China's Guizhou Province. It is also a tribute to the heritage craft traditions and techniques passed down through the generations of their families. The book introduces more than a dozen contemporary artists from four ethnic groups working in the techniques of their ancestors, including indigo dyers, embroiderers of varying techniques, weavers, a metalsmith, and a paper maker. A wide-ranging look to the future questions the effects of tourism and modern development on the craft and culture of southeast Guizhou Province. The Secret Language of Miao Embroidery presents, for the first-time, expert interpretations of the Miao symbols and motifs embellished on traditional clothing of the Miao peoples of China. Using examples from pieces in a museum's collection, the author provides clear descriptions and stories for 60 symbols and motifs found in highly collectible Miao textiles, focusing on southeast Guizhou Province. Detailed color photographs accompany each motif.

Author Biography

Karen Brock is the associate publisher of Thrums Books. Across three continents and the making of fifteen books, she has developed deep respect for indigenous artisans, their culture, history, and place. It is her greatest joy, and honor, to help tell the stories of their lives and craft traditions. Since earning a B.A. in English from Guizhou University in 1996, Wan Jun has been an international tour guide, specializing in the ethnic minority areas of Guizhou where he developed a love for the traditional culture. He is now a tour operator and product manager for group travel to Guizhou Province for China Youth Travel Service. He credits author, textile expert, and Guizhou tour leader, Gina Corrigan with piquing his interest in and expanding his knowledge of ethnic minority textiles and embroidery. Zeng Li has served as the director of the Miao's Tales Costumes Museum in Guiyang for twelve years. Her interest in Miao textiles began as a child when she accompanied her father on his trips around Guizhou, photographing Miao people, documenting their lives and textile. They collected thousands of Miao embroidery pieces for research. In 2008, in her father's honor, Zeng Li established the first Miao embroidery museum in China and has published several books about Miao embroidery and clothing. She has helped curate many exhibitions about Miao embroidery and frequently lectures about the history, traditions, and associated symbols. In 2009, she established the brand "Miao's Tales," applying traditional culture to modern design. Linda Ligon is the publisher of Thrums Books, which she founded in 2012 after many years as the founder and CEO of Interweave Press. Her interest in traditional textiles, and particularly in the stories of the people who make them and the human stories behind them, inform all the books from this imprint.