The fire crackles in a metal drum; around it they wrap us in blankets and wash our feet. Inside the stone hut, darkness huddles round, no water or electricity makes it up to this remote lodge perched on a stunning mountain ridge in northern Ethiopia. I am one of five women who have climbed the rocky path to 10,000 feet with the help of a pack mule and a kind guide.
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.