Cuba Libros

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Ingenious Cuban book artists create art you can readUSING A TYPEWRITER, an ancient mimeograph machine, and ingenious craftsmanship, the Cuban publishing collective Ediciones Vig?a creates some of the world's most beautiful books. Shortages of paper and other basic goods force the 14-member collective to use scrap paper, leaves, yarn, and other found supplies. As a result, their limited-edition, hand-decorated books for both children and adults have a delicate authenticity that can't be achieved with high-tech printing processes. The Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University in East Lansing collects the books and has produced an exhibition, Wrapped Words: Handmade Books from Cuba's Ediciones Vig?a, that is currently touring the country.