Ethiopia has a long history of hand-woven fabrics and textiles and well into the 20th century, both men and women wore traditional hand-woven clothes.
There are many different styles of African hand woven textiles but one of the distinctive features of traditional Ethiopian dresses is the tabib – a brightly colored decorative border around the hem of the dress.
Although traditional dresses are not as common as they used to be, they are still seen in both the major cities and in rural areas and the designs found in the tabib have now been incorporated into larger patterns that are used in hand woven pillowcases, runners, place mats, and scarves. Cotton has also been supplemented with rayon and silk thread.
In order to further support and encourage this important traditional craft, St. George has its own weavers who work at the Addis Ababa workshop under the direct supervision of the Gallery Management and the Gallery also buys finished hand woven pieces from home-based weavers, thus discouraging migration to the cities.
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