Impressed with ibu Movement

I am excited to introduce you to a an incredible new shop in Charleston that I found on my last visit for The Southern C Summit. I

head back to Charleston tomorrow for getaway with my eldest daughter and some great gal pals.  I cannot wait to take in  all the art, restaurants, and shopping.  We are staying downtown in a historic home and plan to have a big time!

Ibu is going to be our first stop. 


ibu is a movement of women around the world growing into economic self-sufficiency through the art of their hands, bearers of both textile tradition and social change.

An ibu ally wraps our hand-loomed luxury around her shoulder or leans into a cushion shining with a woman’s imagination and she belongs to this movement.


Susan Hull Walker, who founded ibu in 2013, studied World Religions at Harvard Divinity School and served for eighteen years as a minister in Maine, San Francisco, and Charleston, SC.  Returning to school to study Fiber Arts, she learned to weave and speak in the language of cloth. It opened her eyes to the very thing she had been looking for in her previous work – a woman’s way of recording her mind and soul. What she didn’t find in parchment and page, she found in textiles. A woman’s text.

As a weaver, Susan began to work with women’s cooperatives around the world to preserve the skills and stories of their region. Her designs showcase the sumptuous beauty of the world’s textiles for women who want to wear the colors of many tribes, and in them, belong to what is bold and strong, eruptive and free.

ibu allies are rising into a new kind of beauty and strength; glamour that is global and real.  They are wearing authority spun out of the earth’s fibers, dyed with feeling and memory, and woven into vestments which preside over the sacred moments of every day, or home goods which make a house rich in soul.

ibu offers original designs, as well as though of other designers working with women worldwide to bring you the most elegant (and fun!) handmade luxury imaginable.  Ibu’s team, Susan, Jamie, Leigh, Austin, and all ibu women of the cloth around the world invite you to rise and join us in this movement of change. ibu, after all, means a woman of respect. This is the new beautiful. Why not belong to it?


Here are a few shots of this chic shop that I took on my last visit o Charleston













I want it ALL! The best part is you can feel good about buying too much at Ibu because you are ultimately helping the craftswomen of the globe. 


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  • June 12, 2015

    Holly, I want it all as well. Ibu looks so very special and unique, so many great offerings!

    The Arts by Karena

  • June 12, 2015

    Holly, it was so much fun having you at the ibu showroom! Thanks for this lovely shout-out – we’re so grateful for your interest! We’d love to host your friends and readers here in Charleston – thanks for sharing the word!

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