IBU Empower Women Artisans
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We Are IBU
Empowering Women Artisans

Susan Hull Walker and IBU Movement are at the forefront of galvanising the global artisan community. Susan’s work empowers and connects people—in particular women—at all levels, from a village-based artisan to a woman in corporate or suburban America. Through her work with IBU Movement, and more recently IBU Foundation, Susan is finding common ground for women from far away places and disparate experiences to come together meaningfully.

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Designing & Upcycling with HLA DAY in Myanmar
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Designing & Upcycling with
HLA DAY in Myanmar

Why is Myanmar difficult terrain for artisans? Plastic upcycling genius Peter Pau Son, founder of Shin Thant Plastics, and Ulla Kroeber, co-founder and lead designer at Hla Day, a crafts and design organisation in Yangon, helps us understand the challenges of doing business in Myanmar.

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Wild Fabrics: Siho & Elephants
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Valerie Olla

Wild Fabrics: Siho & Elephants

Lao textiles are rich in symbols and motifs. Some motifs represent animals borrowed from legends and stories. One famous character in Lao textiles is the siho, which is part lion and part elephant. Follow us into the jungle of MandaLao Elephant Conservation and learn more about elephants in real life and textiles.

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Kissweh: Palestinian Embroidery by Refugee Craftswomen
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Kissweh: Palestinian Embroidery
by Refugee Craftswomen

Palestinian embroidery is a traditional craft dating back centuries. Traditionally used on garments and pillows for the home, this embroidery is rich with motifs and stories of Palestinian culture, nature and village life. Kissweh, a craft enterprise focusing on these embroidery techniques, provides income opportunities for women living in Palestinian refugee camps inside Lebanon.

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Colectivo 1050
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Kitzia Barrera Discusses
Indigenous Pottery in Oaxaca

Explore the pottery tradition of Oaxaca, Mexico with Kitzia Barrera, co-founder of Innovando la Tradición and Colectivo 1050 Grados. An industrial designer by training, Kitzia decided to work with indigenous artisans in an effort to merge traditional and modern design principles. Through social and participatory design, Kitzia and indigenous communities are working together to revitalise the practice and economy of pottery.

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Craft & Spirituality: Tibet’s “Khyenle” Lama Bronze Statues
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Craft & Spirituality
Tibet’s “Khyenle” Lama Bronze Statues

Filmmaker and author Dawa Drolma introduces us to the Khyenle Arts Center where her father and brother are the sixth and seventh generation master of “khyenle”, a method for making lama bronze statues. Based in Dzongsar, an artisan in Tibet’s cultural heartland, Dawa Drolma and her family are working alongside their artisan neighbors to fortify their community economically and spiritually.

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Shop Talk: Rice & Loom
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Valerie Olla

Rice & Loom!

Through our textiles, we keep the stories and traditions of Lao culture alive. Rice, particularly khao niao, is part and parcel of Lao culture and holds a special place in our textiles. Follow us in the rice paddies of Luang Prabang for the story of rice.

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Moroccan Carpet Hunting (ethically) With Nina Mohammad-Galbert
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Moroccan Carpet Hunting
with Nina Mohammad-Galbert

The Moroccan carpet is iconic. It has grown exponentially, but Berber communities and the women who weave these gorgeous carpets have not necessarily benefited. Nina Mohammad-Galbert, founder of Artisan Project, explains this imbalance and discusses the importance of ethical sourcing and buying.

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Crafting & Mending with Bookhou Studio’s Arounna Khounnaraj
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Crafting & Mending
with Bookhou’s Arounna Khounnaraj

Bookhou Studio co-founder Arounna Khounnaraj is credited with making crafting cool, fun and accessible, and she’s got legions of fans around the world! An enthusiastic advocate of all things handmade, Arounna Khounnaraj is happiest when she is making, teaching workshops and composing beautifully written and photographed books on crafting and mending.

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Weave Your Way Through Sinh City
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Valerie Olla

Weave Your Way Through Sinh City!

Follow us in the streets of Luang Prabang, and weave your way through Sinh City, to learn more about the Lao sinh, the traditional Lao skirt. More than an outfit, the sinh is a symbol of culture and a marker of ethnicity.

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Kavita Parmar
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Kavita Parmar Says “Be the Change”

Kavita Parmar, founder and creative director of I OWE YOU Project, discusses the need for a new design ecosystem. And, she shares her love affair with the Madras check and her vision for how each of us must “be the change”.

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