Shiromeda Market: Experience Ethiopian Cultural Life


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Shopping in Addis Ababa City can be more exciting, inspiring, instructive and entertaining. Of course, Addis Ababa is the home of the biggest open market in Africa “Merkato” and there are other smaller but colorful markets and souvenir shops that are worth to wonder too.

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Shiromeda market is reputable for Ethiopian traditional wear especially “Yehager Libes”, “Netela” (the one layer shawl with embroider border) and “Gabi” (thicker shawl known as Ethiopian blanket).  Unlike the souvenir shops here is where the locals do their shopping and buying “Netela” is an exciting experience so let me start with it.

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Buying “Netela” from street vender!

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You can also buy the famous “Netela” from little shops at the market.

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Let’s get it then!

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Since the rainy season is on its way, we need our luxurious 100% cotton hand made “Gabi” to keep us warm.

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Want Ethiopian version of duvet here it is.

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Hope you had fun now let me take you to the most exciting part of the market and my favorite. The section where you can find a wide variety of jeweleries, sculptures, ladies bags, t-shirts and many other goodies. Just get ready to be overwhelmed.

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Well besides the Ethnographic Museum of Addis Ababa University and frequent traditional music events here is the best place to witness the beautiful traditional and cultural Ethiopia… live.

About Sara Genene

I am a traveler... on an endless journey of self-discovery!
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12 Responses to Shiromeda Market: Experience Ethiopian Cultural Life

  1. Finn says:

    What a great place Sara, I can see why you love it!

  2. Its really nice post Sara. Keep it up!

  3. I’ve been here! Look forward to going back:) Such beautiful textiles.

  4. Habsha says:

    Wow what an amazing culture we have, luv it I can’t wait to go & experience this again

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  6. irene says:

    Sara, beautiful site. I was in Addis Anna in 2002 and bought some beautiful fabrics in non-contemporary stores, more like small shops with nothing but reams of the most beautiful fabrics I have ever seen. I was not able to buy the fabric in length I wanted as it was already pre cut. Each batch had enough fabric for a tightly fitted dress and a pre cut fabric piece for the shawl. One set of fabric I bought (dress part) is all hand woven and the whole piece is lght blue with flecks of gold . The shawl piece has a much bolder design on the ends. Although I knew the fabric was not enough to deal around my body, I bought several sets. However, I know believe the fabric would be enough to fit me. I cannot find any images of the dresses I saw them. Can you help? At the time I paid $100 for a different set of fabric, absolutely regal looking. Although escorted by a reputable hotel owner’s wife, I’m sure that I over paid, but no regrets as it is beautiful. Obviously not the type of cloth used by the average Ethiopian woman, because of quality and cost. I fell in love with the local Ethiopians, their hospitality, their culture, beauty and never ending smiles. I was invited to partake in a tradition Ethiopian coffee making ceremony…..unbelieveable.
    Pls help me find photos of dresses I might be able to make using the beautiful fabric, I’ve been saving for 13 years.

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