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Every Thread a Story and The Secret Language of Miao Embroidery

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This two volume boxed set spotlights traditional Chinese artisans of Guizhou Province, with stunning examples of their work illustrated with photographs throughout.

Every Thread a Story by Karen Elting Brock, Linda Ligon, and Wang Jun is 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. This book takes a wide-ranging look to the future, including questions about the effects of tourism and modern development on the craft and culture of southeast Guizhou Province. 

The Secret Language of Miao Embroidery by Zeng Li 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.

Thrums Books, 2020, two softcover books in slipcase, 9 x 11 inches, 160 pages.