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Above the Fray: Traditional Hilltribe Art Book

"I have only one problem with this fascinating book—it had to end! I felt so well acquainted with the weavers and the authors and the techniques that it seemed like the story should go on forever. Loving, honest, illuminating documentation, augmented by Joe Coca's superb photography. - Janet De Boer, editor of Textile Fibre Forum Magazine

A New Book By Joshua Hirschstein & Maren Beck, Owners of Above the Fray. Photography by Joe Coca.

Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos: Textiles, Traditions and Well-Being

What began as a backpacking adventure with our young sons in Southeast Asia transformed into a thriving fair trade business and a renewed sense of well-being. Part travelogue, part silk-weaving primer, we present a personal portrait of our family's travels in Laos' remote Houaphan Province. Over the past decade, we have developed deep connections with the villagers of Xam Tai who raise their own fiber from silkworms, create their own natural dyes, and weave the patterns of their ancestors into healing cloths, ceremonial textiles, and daily wear. Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos provides an in-depth and rare view into the everyday lives, culture, and craft of Laos' independent silk weavers. Joe Coca's gorgeous photos enrich the text.

  • $34.95 + $3/shipping | Available Oct 1, 2017
  • Published by Thrums Books; 224 pages, 235 color photos.
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