Enkwan Aderesachuh! Happy New Year! As the ultimate days of the Kremt rains and contemporary Meskerem sunshine bless this land with their much appreciated offerings, it positively looks like Spring is in the air, and as that most famous icon of the fashion industry Coco Chanel as soon as put it, we’re also happy to announce that “… fashion is in the air, borne upon the wind; one intuits it…” Certainly for those who have managed to escape the drudgeries of fulfilling basic human wants, selecting a new wardrobe for a new 12 months is likely one of the more get pleasure fromable features of living.
As one of many more flamboyant overseas residents of Addis Ababa once put it, “Ethiopians are so chic.” Our aesthetic sensibilities, not less than as mirrored in our traditional clothing types, range from the more subdued, simple yet refined tastes of the highlands to the more dashing colors of the lowlands and eastern sections of the country. As schools re-open for the new 12 months, you will be most sure that Addis Ababa’s youth have joined their cohorts world large 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 broadsolid to these impressionable clients through television, video and satellite connections with the world. Fashion is most actually in the air – and fortunately it’s not all imported. As the streets and varied celebration venues of Addis Ababa confirmed over the weekend, Ethiopian traditional outfits stay the superior choice for vacation attire.
This week we characteristic a woman who has succeeded, and continues to enjoy success as a designer, both in high fashion and ready to put on lines; traditional as well as western fashion clothing. W/o Sara Abera was born and raised in the town of Dembi Dollo, Wellega, in western Ethiopia. She attended the American Mission School where she acquired an international commonplace schooling in a city setting that introduced her into fixed contact with a large range of Ethiopian traditional dress peoples. “We had been only 35 kilometers from Gambella” says w/o Sara, “and the aesthetic sense of the folks there, the Masango and others, really had an affect on me. Younger women would fashion skirts out of leaves they might acquire within the forest, and wear them with beads. In reality my first design was for children’s garments influenced by the women of the Masango ethnic group.”
In school w/o Sara had a penchant for drawing. “My favorite subjects have been girls 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 he or she would encourage me. She would always say that I ought to discover ways to make clothes.” In Dembi Dollo w/o Sara started taking sewing lessons, and that was the start of a lifelong career.
On 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 programs with institutions within the United States, then in late 1987 an opportunity arose to go to Greece for study. Over the subsequent few years W/o Sara traveled between Greece and Ethiopia refining her design methods and skills, and gaining publicity to the ever changing world of worldwide high fashion. W/o Sara continues her fashion schooling to this day by way of correspondence courses, common journey, and a relentless eye on the developments in the contantly evolving world of worldwide high fashion through the internet.