Enkwan Aderesachuh! Happy New Year! As the final days of the Kremt rains and recent Meskerem sunshine bless this land with their a lot appreciated choices, it positively looks like Spring is in the air, and as that most well-known icon of the fashion trade Coco Chanel once put it, we’re additionally happy to announce that “… fashion is within the air, borne upon the wind; one intuits it…” Indeed for those who have managed to flee the drudgeries of fulfilling primary human wants, choosing a new wardrobe for a new year is one of the more take pleasure inable aspects of living.
As one of many more flamboyant overseas residents of Addis Ababa once put it, “Ethiopians are so chic.” Our aesthetic sensibilities, a minimum of as reflected in our traditional clothing styles, range from the more subdued, simple yet refined tastes of the highlands to the more dashing colours of the lowlands and jap sections of the country. As schools re-open for the new yr, you can be most certain that Addis Ababa’s youth have joined their cohorts world broad within the seek for the coolest outfit with which to impress and secure good standing in their school’s social hierarchy. The latest pop-culture inspired fashions dominate, instantly broadforged to those impressionable customers via television, video and satellite connections with the world. Fashion is most definitely in the air – and thankfully it’s not all imported. Because the streets and numerous celebration venues of Addis Ababa confirmed over the weekend, Ethiopian traditional outfits remain the superior selection for vacation attire.
This week we characteristic a lady who has succeeded, and continues to get pleasure from success as a designer, each in high fashion and ready to wear lines; traditional in addition to western fashion clothing. W/o Sara Abera was born and raised in the city of Dembi Dollo, Wellega, in western Ethiopia. She attended the American Mission School the place she acquired an international standard education in a city setting that brought her into constant contact with a wide variety of Ethiopian clothing peoples. “We were only 35 kilometers from Gambella” says w/o Sara, “and the aesthetic sense of the people there, the Masango and others, really had an influence on me. Young women would fashion skirts out of leaves they would gather in the forest, and wear them with beads. In reality my first design was for children’s garments influenced by the girls of the Masango ethnic group.”
In school w/o Sara had a penchant for drawing. “My favorite subjects have been women that I dressed in whatever my imagination would create for them. There was one teacher in particular at the American Mission School who observed what I used to be doing – and she or he would encourage me. She would at all times say that I ought to discover ways to make clothes.” In Dembi Dollo w/o Sara began taking stitching lessons, and that was the beginning of a lifelong career.
At the age of 16 w/o Sara moved to Addis Ababa the place she completed high school. In Addis Ababa she continued taking dress making lessons. After high school she enrolled in correspondence courses with institutions within the United States, then in late 1987 an opportunity arose to go to Greece for study. Over the following few years W/o Sara traveled between Greece and Ethiopia refining her design techniques and skills, and gaining exposure to the ever changing world of international high fashion. W/o Sara continues her fashion education to this day by correspondence courses, common travel, and a continuing eye on the developments in the contantly evolving world of international high fashion by way of the internet.