IBU AT A GLANCE
The word Ibu means “a woman of respect.” The Ibu Movement partners with women around the world disrupting poverty and fashioning change through the art of their hands. The products created often use ancient techniques and sustainable practices and resources, making them unique, one-of-a-kind pieces we hope the owners will cherish for years to come.
Ibu collaborates with groups to design unique product, celebrating the age-old techniques of each culture and cooperative - these designs make up about half of our offerings. We also buy directly from artisan groups quality product they have designed, making up the other half of our offerings.
In addition to a boutique on King Street in Charleston, and a strong online presence, Ibu on the Move takes the goods and mission to cities across the US with trunk shows and talks.
Ibu's mission is to put money in the hands of women by finding a market for the skills they possess; and to preserve cultural languages of craft carried by women.
Susan Hull Walker founded Ibu in 2014 in Charleston, SC. Prior to creating the social enterprise, Walker studied world religions at Harvard Divinity School and served for eighteen years as a minister in Maine, San Francisco, and Charleston, South Carolina. Returning to school to study fiber arts at Savannah College of Art and Design, she learned to weave and speak in the language of cloth. This opened her eyes to a woman's way of recording her mind and soul. What she didn't find in parchment and page, she found in textiles.
Susan now lives in Charleston, South Carolina, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, traveling frequently to visit artisans, speak about the movement, and spread the Ibu love.