After graduating in 1975, Bibah was employed as a designer
at Malaysian Handicrafts in Terengganu, acclaimed as the
home of finest woven songket. Two years later, she join
her husband in managing the Malaysian Handicraft centre
in East Malaysia, in the state of Sarawak, where she came
in contact with another weaving technique - the pua kumbu.
What impresses Bibah most as far as the pua kumbu is concerned,
is the incorporation of warp ikat, tie-dyed pua in which
the threads of the two weft have been tied together for
the dyeing process, reflecting mirror image patterns.
Such high fascination it was that when Bibah began using
this weft technique, it was a revolution in the craft
of songket weaving.
In 1982, with the breadth of experience over the years,
Bibah started her own songket enterprise called "Bibah
Songket" at her residence in Chendering, Kuala Terengganu.
From there, her passion continues to fuel her creation
of masterpiece songket as if it were fine art, and her
dedication has not gone unrecognised. Bibah was given
the commission to produce songket sarongs as gifts for
Britain's Queen Elizabeth during the Head of Commonwealth
Conference at Langkawi in 1989. The recipients of many
songket design awards, including the award trophy in the
Biennial Wicitra Competition in 1984 organised by Malaysian
Handicrafts and the Best Textile in Traditional Design
category in the same year that was held in Jakarta, Indonesia,
her songket today graces the interior of Mutiara Hotel
Kuala Lumpur, Istana Melawati, Menera Tun Razak, Shangrila
Hotel in Putrajaya, and Petronas University, just to name