We found a treasure trove of vintage haoris, already old when they were put in storage 35 years ago, and gasped as the gorgeousness of each one surpassed the last. Haori’s are men’s kimono-like jackets worn in Japan, usually a quiet elegant black bearing a small family crest. But only the wearer knows the story that rages inside the folds of that jacket. From legends of bravery and myths of great love, the back inside panel rings out with confidence. Imagine what it feels like to carry that story so close (literally!) to your heart, while no one else suspects what courage you hold?
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.