ON THE ISLANDS OF INDONESIA
AN IBU IS A WOMAN OF RESPECT
It is also a collection of luxurious garments and goods for the home handmade by women artisans around the world.
As they spin, dye, weave their stories in cloth, Ibu artisans craft more than beauty;
they craft their own independence, educate their children, lead communities. They change futures.
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Ibulliance: And the Bead Goes On...
Jess just appeared. She lives in Nairobi, bought a home in Charleston, and one day, out of the blue, came to visit. Turns out, sitting on our rooftop with coffee in hand, I learn that Jess is working with artisans in Kenya and Ethiopia and when we wondered aloud if she knew of women who could bead a sandal, she quickly linked us to the Maridadi Handcrafts women in Malinda, Kenya, so that now we're dancing in some fancy beaded toe numbers with a lot of hand-love in every stitch.
Women in Africa don't weave. Not historically, anyway. Men weave. Women spin, dye, build baskets. and . . . bead. So, when I went about finding artisans in Africa, I was immediately drawn to the robust tradition of beaded jewelry. African elegance.