Have you ever wondered how the ordinary and universally used numbers like 7, 40, 50 or 1 can have different kinds of look or can be write in a way so unique and extraordinary somewhere in the East Africa?
I just randomly picked these numbers, tried to be a little bit creative with it but most importantly, I wanted to give homage to these unique Ethiopian’s very own numbers and share it with the world.
I know it looks complicated and even it took me some time to write it. The fact is we Ethiopians do not use it in our everyday writing communications maybe because we did not learn how to write these numbers in school, did not accustomed to it or maybe that they are so sophisticated.
Whatever the reason maybe, I think it is a work of art, that needs to be culturally preserved. It is obvious that it could add an Ethiopian touch and exotic look for different kinds of creative content creations, and of course, few Ethiopian artists give these numbers an arty expose that it deserves through their works. Commonly, it is on Ethiopian t-shirts, jewelries like silver earrings and necklaces that you find these numbers besides Ethiopian coins, the Geze or Amharic written Holy Bible and Ethiopian calendars.
I hope one of these eloquent pieces of Ethiopia pleased your sense of wonder just a little bit.