I am on my second week in Ethiopia and I can’t wait to share all the amazing details of my trip. My first day in Ethiopia (also my birthday!) was spent at home relaxing. On the following days I was out and about visiting the artisan groups we partner with. It was so exciting to see the progress on our next collection, which is launching next month!
In addition to meeting with our current artisans, I’ve been seeking out and meeting with new weaving collectives, including a newly formed organization that hires and trains women weavers. I got to opportunity to meet the women and see them as they work. In addition to weaving the fabrics, the women spin and dye their own yarns. Below is the hand spinning group, spinning together as they enjoy some Ethiopian coffee. I am looking forward meeting more groups and to new partnerships!
I’ve also been basking in the sites and city life of Ethiopia! The photo above was taken during a stroll through Merkato, Africa's largest open air market where you can find just about anything sold in the country. Take a look at more of my photos from the streets of Addis on instagram.
More to follow!