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. She describes IBU Movement as a world wide web of self-authorised women on the move to self-empowerment and self-sufficiency. 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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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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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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Radio Ock Pop Tok

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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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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Radio Ock Pop Tok

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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Meet Mook V: Textile Innovator
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Radio Ock Pop Tok

Meet MookV, Textile Innovator

Weaver, designer, textile innovator Ploenchanh “Mook” Vinyaratn uses traditional handlooms and needlework to create modern, multi-dimensional textiles for handbags under her label MookV. She shares her process, the challenges in the marketplace and her relentless passion and optimism for artisan textiles.

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Guest
Madison

Creative Women at OPT

Are you curious about the relationship between culture and creativity? Join us and learn more about what our staff has to say on the subject…

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OPT Partners
Hilary Kilpatric

Lao Teen Girls Project

Women’s empowerment is a core value of our organization, so this year we chose to partner with Lao Solidarity and their Lao Teen Girls Project.

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Village Weaver Project
Madison McClintock

Xiang Khouang Village Trip

In December, the Ock Pop Tok production team took a trip to visit one of the groups involved in our Village Weaver Projects in Xiang Khouang province.

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