Woven of the World
By Katey Howes and Dinara Mirtalipova
Told from the perspective of a young girl learning to weave, Woven of the World is a lyrical meditation on the ancient art of weaving and what this beautiful craft can teach us.
As rhythmic as the swish of a loom, and as vibrant as a skein of brightly dyed wool, this poetic picture book shares the history and practice of weaving through the centuries and around the world, as imagined by a young weaver learning her craft. Her family's weaving practice helps her feel connected to the past and hopeful for the future. It shows her that each of us is a tapestry: a unique, rich, and beautifully interwoven combination of traits and traditions, with a pattern that is still emerging.
At once a celebration of a time-honored art and a meditation on the ways we are interconnected, this artfully woven narrative gathers the threads of weaving as a technical skill, a cultural tradition, and a metaphor for how our lives are knit together, into a radiantly intertwined whole.
Reading age: 5-8 years
Dinara Mirtalipova is a self-taught illustrator and designer. Born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, she studied Computer Science, but her true passion was always patterns and illustration. She works and lives in Sagamore Hills, Ohio.
Chronicle Books, 2023, hardcover, 8.9 x 11.3 inches, 44 pages.