Hand-made Thursdays – Lemlem


By Kate | Women
Posted Aug 19, 2010

Supermodel / actress and World Health Organisation’s Goodwill Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Liya Kebede discovered that traditional weavers in her native country of Ethiopia were losing their jobs due to a decline in local demand for their goods and wanted to do something about it. Recognizing the beauty, quality and historic significance of their work, Liya started Lemlem in 2007 as a way to inspire economic independence in her native country and to preserve the art of weaving.

Since ancient times in the land of the Queen of Sheba, the Ethiopian people have adorned themselves in beautiful hand woven and hand embroidered clothing. The hand spinning of cotton and intricate embroidery was the work of women while the hand weaving was done mainly by men. It is Lemlem‘s wish to bring to you an incredible handwork and help preserve this ancient art form by creating opportunities for the Artisans. This Ambo Loop Scarf is a handwoven loop scarf. Fabric content 85% Cotton 15% Acrylic. $75.00 USD.

Today, Lemlem, which means to flourish or bloom in Amharic, is thriving. Thanks to those who support this handcrafted collection of women’s and children’s clothing, while helping preserve an ancient art form.This Sesa Blanket Cardigan is handwoven Cardigan in 100% Cotton. One size. (Shown with the Wanza Obi Belt which is currently out of stock). $200.00 USD. Ships everywhere.

Thank you to Aika Miyake for sharing this magnifecofind! ♥ ♥

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