Compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age (Abbasid Caliphate), One Thousand and One Nights is a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian stories and folk tales collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa. The cover design is inspired by Abbasid ceramics from 750-1258.
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Books & Wander is a place where people who are interested in different cultures can learn about them from reading their stories, legends, and fairytales. They could also enrich their experiences and understanding of these stories through readings on the conditions that allowed the these stories to flourish, like the way the people of that time lived, what they believed, and experienced. Book lovers, history maniacs, travelers, and storytellers of all ages can expand their world view. The collection utilizes the public domain for old stories and fairytales.
The website gives access to stories in Books & Wander's collection, information about in-store events, and gives people the option of creating their own books filled with their favorite stories through on-demand printing.
The Hokkaido Ainu language had no system of writing and the language is facing extinction. Efforts are being made to revive it. Hence why the Ainu folktales were chosen as a starting story collection. The cover design is inspired by Ainu attush robes believed to protect the wearer from evil.
One of the major themes in Hopi oral mythologies was migration. Nampeyo, one of the finest Hopi potters, used ancient techniques for making and firing pottery and designs from "Old Hopi" pottery. Her ceramics also reflected the migration theme. The cover design is inspired by her works.
The rituals, beliefs, and the world view of New Zealand Māori society were based on an elaborate mythology that had been inherited from a Polynesian homeland and adapted and developed in the new setting (Biggs 1966:44). Kapa Haka is a ancestral war cry, dance, or challenge which calls upon their beliefs and traditions. The cover design is inspired by Kapa Haka patterns.
A seventeenth-century fairytale collection by Italian poet and courtier Giambattista Basile that has inpired other storytellers like the Brothers Grimm. The stories are set in Basilicata and Campania, where he spent most of his life with the local nobles. The cover design is inspired by 13th-Century Acerenza Cathedral doors in Basilicata, Italy.
The Yoruba are one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa and enjoy a rich textile tradition. One of which is the Adire textile, an indigo-dyed cloth made in southwestern Nigeria by Yoruba women, using a variety of resist-dyeing techniques. The cover design inspired by these patterns.