Enkwan Aderesachuh! Happy New Year! As the ultimate days of the Kremt rains and contemporary Meskerem sunshine bless this land with their much appreciated choices, it undoubtedly looks like Spring is in the air, and as that most well-known icon of the fashion business Coco Chanel as soon as put it, we are additionally pleased to announce that “… fashion is within the air, borne upon the wind; one intuits it…” Indeed for individuals who have managed to flee the drudgeries of fulfilling fundamental human wants, deciding on a new wardrobe for a new 12 months is among the more enjoyable points of living.
As one of many more flamboyant foreign residents of Addis Ababa as soon as put it, “Ethiopians are so chic.” Our aesthetic sensibilities, a minimum of as mirrored in our traditional clothing types, range from the more subdued, simple yet refined tastes of the highlands to the more dashing colours of the lowlands and eastern 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 wide within the search 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, immediately broadsolid to those impressionable clients via tv, video and satellite connections with the world. Fashion is most certainly in the air – and fortuitously it is not all imported. As the streets and varied celebration venues of Addis Ababa confirmed over the weekend, Ethiopian clothing traditional outfits stay the superior choice for vacation attire.
This week we function a woman who has succeeded, and continues to get pleasure from success as a designer, each in high fashion and ready to wear lines; traditional as well as western style 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 received an international standard education in a city setting that introduced her into constant contact with a large range of Ethiopian 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 affect on me. Younger women would fashion skirts out of leaves they might gather within the forest, and wear them with beads. Actually my first design was for children’s clothes influenced by the women of the Masango ethnic group.”
In school w/o Sara had a penchant for drawing. “My favourite topics were girls that I dressed in no matter my imagination would create for them. There was one trainer specifically at the American Mission School who noticed 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 sewing lessons, and that was the start of a lifelong career.
At the age of sixteen w/o Sara moved to Addis Ababa where she completed high school. In Addis Ababa she continued taking dress making lessons. After high school she enrolled in correspondence programs with establishments within the United States, then in late 1987 a possibility 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 abilities, and gaining publicity to the ever changing world of international high fashion. W/o Sara continues her fashion schooling to this day by means of correspondence courses, regular journey, and a relentless eye on the developments within the contantly evolving world of worldwide high fashion via the internet.