As being the hub for the diverse cultures and traditions of Ethiopia, shopping in the Addis Ababa city is becoming the most astonishing experience than ever before.
Addis Ababa is now showcasing the elegant, unique and timeless Ethiopian traditional cloth “Yehager Libes” with a modern twist through small contemporary traditional clothing design studios that are opened up in every part of the city.
Besides, playing a big role in making a revolution in Ethiopian fashion industry, these clothing design studios is an interesting add up in the shopping scene of Addis Ababa and bringing more enjoyable flare to it.
The unique feature of Ethiopian traditional cloth “Yehager Lebis” is, the very fact that it is made of the luxury 100% cotton or silk mix hand woven fabrics in various patterns and colors usually includes the the famous signature of embroidery Ethiopian cross image.
The original yehager libes which is made in “Kemis”- women’s dress with full skirt and “Natala”- one layer shawl with matching “Tibeb”- colored border to Kemis and Netela is the kind of occasional dress. But now thanks to these little contemporary traditional clothing design studios which are making “yehager Libes” wearable for every occasion.
Most of the designers are making fashionable dresses and tops honoring traditional techniques and one can witness resourcefulness, imagination, and originality. Since these clothes are hand–made and custom made that means no mass production which makes it more interesting because even for window shopping almost every week you see new designs so I love to capture these moments as much as possible and share it with the world.
According to studies, the color that its meaning tend to evoke like attention-grabbing, liveliness, optimism, intellect, happiness and energy… of course, Yellow is in season now in Addis Ababa and love it!