On the islands of Indonesia, ibu (ee-bu) means a woman of
respect, explains Susan Hull Walker, a dynamic artist, designer and entrepreneur who founded
in 2013 after returning to school to study Fiber Arts -
"Learning to weave and speak in the language of cloth."
This new-found passion for textiles was a far cry from her former career - she studied World Religions at Harvard Divinity School - and served as a minister in San Francisco, Maine and Charleston, SC for eighteen years.
She began traveling the world working with women's cooperatives, turning their remarkable hand-made textiles into sumptuous clothing and accessories for woman. But the true success of the IBU MOVEMENT is the creation of a vibrant road to economic self-sufficiency for these many Global artisans.
Summers bring Susan Hull Walker to Santa Fe where she attends the International Folk Art Market and meets with textile designers and artisans. This past week she held a TRUNK SHOW - at friend Ann G. Ash's lovely home - showcasing IBU'S gorgeous designs. Of course, I brought my camera.
The colors & designs are beyond beautiful.
What fun to try on these gorgeous fashions and give them a whirl...
Susan with Austin Walker, Business Manager for IBU
The jewelry that IBU shows is always unique and if you catch a glimpse
of Susan, you know that she layers necklaces - amber, silver, chains - which creates an elegant/exotic look...
If you missed the Trunk Show, you can go on line and look at IBU's
latest collections and order on-line.