Enkwan Aderesachuh! Happy New Year! As the final days of the Kremt rains and contemporary Meskerem sunshine bless this land with their a lot appreciated choices, it definitely looks like Spring is within the air, and as that most famous icon of the fashion business Coco Chanel once put it, we are also pleased to announce that “… fashion is in the air, borne upon the wind; one intuits it…” Indeed for individuals who have managed to flee the drudgeries of fulfilling basic human wants, choosing a new wardrobe for a new year is among the more take pleasure inable elements of living.
As one of the more flamboyant foreign residents of Addis Ababa as soon as put it, “Ethiopians are so chic.” Our aesthetic sensibilities, at the very least as mirrored in our traditional clothing kinds, range from the more subdued, easy but refined tastes of the highlands to the more dashing colors of the lowlands and japanese sections of the country. As schools re-open for the new 12 months, you can be most certain that Addis Ababa’s youth have joined their cohorts world broad in the search for the good outfit with which to impress and secure good standing of their school’s social hierarchy. The latest pop-tradition inspired fashions dominate, instantly broadforged to those impressionable customers by way of tv, video and satellite connections with the world. Fashion is most actually within the air – and fortunately it is not all imported. Because the streets and various celebration venues of Addis Ababa confirmed over the weekend, Ethiopian traditional outfits remain the superior selection for vacation attire.
This week we feature a woman who has succeeded, and continues to take pleasure in success as a designer, both in high fashion and ready to wear lines; traditional as well as western style clothing. W/o Sara Abera was born and raised within the city of Dembi Dollo, Wellega, in western Ethiopia. She attended the American Mission School the place she received an international commonplace training in a city setting that brought her into constant contact with a large variety of Ethiopian traditional dress peoples. “We have been solely 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. Young women would fashion skirts out of leaves they would gather within the forest, and wear them with beads. In truth 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 favorite subjects had been ladies that I dressed in no matter my imagination would create for them. There was one instructor particularly on the American Mission School who seen what I was doing – and she or he would encourage me. She would all the time say that I should discover ways to make clothes.” In Dembi Dollo w/o Sara began taking stitching lessons, and that was the beginning of a lifelong career.
On the age of 16 w/o Sara moved to Addis Ababa the place she finished high school. In Addis Ababa she continued taking dress making lessons. After high school she enrolled in correspondence programs with establishments in the United States, then in late 1987 an opportunity arose to go to Greece for study. Over the next few years W/o Sara traveled between Greece and Ethiopia refining her design methods and skills, and gaining exposure to the ever changing world of international high fashion. W/o Sara continues her fashion training to this day via correspondence programs, common journey, and a relentless eye on the developments within the contantly evolving world of international high fashion via the internet.