n the Islands section we profile nine of the twelve islands where most of Threads of Life’s work is. For each island we offer a brief survey of its geography, history, indigenous beliefs and culture, textile arts, and the weavers cooperatives we work with.

Our aim here is to give context to the textiles and fine crafts seen at Threads of Life. Though each object is alluring and beautiful in its own right, it is a material expression of an indigenous culture. Appreciation of an object deepens with our understanding of the intangible culture of values and meanings that its maker sought to express. The object turns from a clever combination of materials into the expression of a personal journey that can touch and inform our lives, too.