singing shifu

my four selvedge lokta shifu
it's almost ready for us all,
a definitive work about my heart's delight!
here's my story:
a very long time ago i read an article
in (the sorely missed) journal fiberarts... it was about a paper textile
japanese made, called shifu.
 written by dorothy miller.
well, as a weaver and papermaker, i was captivated.
thus began my search for the elusive textile shifu.
not long after this event, i found that dorothy miller was teaching a class 
in indigo dyeing and in paper spinning for shifu.
so i made my way to that midwest fiber conference and spun and dyed.
thus began my journey.
 susan byrd's new book, A SONG OF PRAISE FOR SHIFU
will be available very soon for purchase.
i have been a privileged first reader.
 i have seen the faces of the weavers,
photographs of the ones
susan studied with.
 i have seen their brilliant hands
 spinning and weaving.
susan has asked me
to send you all to her site through the hot link above.
her text is rich and detailed
the photographs, copious
the footnotes are worth a book of their own (almost).
this book kept ringing out peals of music
as i read. 
now, here's really really good news:
this book is pricey
and the proceeds, all of them,
are going to the shifu weavers themselves.
susan is taking the book to japan
(the money, too)
a gift to her teachers, the traditional shifu weavers themselves.
amazing, a full circle.
another gift:
the first copies will have
amazing and beautiful samples
paper and shifu.