SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR
WE ARE IBU IN ACTION:
Ibu Foundation provides Lula Mena with a $20,000 grant in 2022 in which they plan to invest in the necessary equipment, supplies, materials, and training sessions to begin a new manual clay technique. This technique would result in a new line of clay products that would provide more women with more job opportunities.
Lula Mena began in 2013 in San Salvador by founder and namesake, Lula Mena. Many crafting techniques were disappearing in El Salvador as a result of crafts being unappreciated and undervalued. Then and there, Lula decided to contribute to their preservation, since they gave an identity as a country, through the creation of products with contemporary designs. That is how she decided to begin to work with communities of artisans.
The desire to preserve traditional techniques and add value to crafting, led Lula to work in a national project to reactivate sewing and dyeing of indigo. El Salvador used to be one of the main producers of indigo in the world during the colonial era but, eventually, this magic powder was replaced by artificial coloring agents that made indigo disappear. Lula learned this traditional technique from a Japanese master where she then taught more than 100 artisans in El Salvador how to use the technique.