Bamboo is a resource that grows copiously throughout Ethiopia. This Eco friendly material, is also gaining its much deserved arty expose, through the production of pieces of furniture and crafts products in the city of Addis Ababa.
Many of the bamboo furniture are produced by bamboo designers who owned little furniture stores along the streets of Addis Ababa. These little stores are not only for selling the finished products, but also used for the designing and production of the furniture. That is one of the reasons why you can not help noticing bamboo made furniture as you pass along this particular shopping districts of Addis Ababa. It is neither to make a space nor to display their products; I find it so interesting and worth to share it with the world.
Bamboo portrayed Ethiopian themed pictures, definitely and gracefully embellished the stores and these are my two favorites.
Few stores also incorporate Ethiopian style wooden furniture. So here are the famous and interesting little Ethiopian traditional chairs which their designs are inspired by the reputable Axum Obelisks.
However, the fact is, Ethiopia is not new in using bamboo even for the construction purpose way back then and still in one of the beautifully green countryside of the Sidama and Sodo region, a place I am fortunate enough to visit. The Sidama and Sodo people are the ones who especially know for their beautiful beehive-shaped woven houses and fences simply using bamboo.
Now it’s good to see the demand for bamboo made furniture in the city of Addis Ababa. Even it’s being applied to housing, especially restaurants and lodges are being decorated by bamboo designs which has got aesthetic and traditional value. So Refreshing!
Talking about bamboo, I think it’s appropriate to mention that a year ago Addis Ababa hosted the first bamboo design competition which was organized by the Italian cultural institute in association with the Addis Ababa University fine Art and Architecture department. I truly believe it raised the bamboo outline in Ethiopia and challenged Ethiopian Designers to come up with something unique, original functional and something that relate to the unique Ethiopian valued traditions. And since registration for this year competition already started, I want to finish up about bamboo with the cute and traditionally dressed up, of course bamboo made ‘Teddy Bear’ and saying to all the contestant…