WE ARE IBU IN ACTION:
In the middle of the pandemic, Bibi Hamun found themselves stranded without a workspace, so the Ibu Foundation gave them funds to find a new workspace.
The Foundation also sent support to help with the women’s salaries until they could work again.
Muhayo Alliyeva, founder Bibi Hanum, is one of three sisters raised in by the father in a family that did not conform to the stereotype of the traditional Central Asian patriarchy. An older sister, indecisive and indifferent about education, went to seamstress school to learn tailoring skills. It was Muhayo, however, who became fascinated with her sister’s assigned projects and provided regular assistance with her homework, learning the craft at the same time. As the two worked together, neighbors took note and began ordering clothes for themselves.
Ibu Foundation reached out to see how we could help after seeing a GoFundMe page asking for support to help keep their workspace. We had heard that their electricity shut off, and each member had been working from home. We were able to send them funds in hopes of finding a new space where they can all continue their craft.
The Ibu store has a long history with Bibi Hanum and loves all of their Ikat designs. We are hopeful they can continue their work and find a new workspace so we all can all continue to enjoy their beautiful handiwork.