Enkwan Aderesachuh! Happy New Year! As the ultimate days of the Kremt rains and recent Meskerem sunshine bless this land with their much appreciated choices, it undoubtedly feels like Spring is within the air, and as that most well-known icon of the fashion industry Coco Chanel as soon as put it, we’re additionally happy to announce that “… fashion is in the air, borne upon the wind; one intuits it…” Indeed for those who have managed to flee the drudgeries of fulfilling basic human wants, choosing a new wardrobe for a new 12 months is one of the more get pleasure fromable aspects of living.
As one of the more flamboyant international 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, easy yet 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 yr, you will be most sure that Addis Ababa’s youth have joined their cohorts world huge within the seek for the best outfit with which to impress and secure good standing of 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 definitely within the air – and happily it is 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 function a lady 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 model 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 a global commonplace education in a town setting that brought her into fixed contact with a large variety of Ethiopian dress peoples. “We had been 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. Young women would fashion skirts out of leaves they might collect within the forest, and put on them with beads. In fact 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 favourite subjects were ladies that I dressed in no matter my imagination would create for them. There was one trainer particularly on the American Mission School who seen what I was doing – and he or she would encourage me. She would always say that I should discover ways to make clothes.” In Dembi Dollo w/o Sara began taking sewing lessons, and that was the beginning of a lifelong career.
At the age of 16 w/o Sara moved to Addis Ababa where she finished high school. In Addis Ababa she continued taking dress making lessons. After high school she enrolled in correspondence courses with institutions 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 techniques and expertise, and gaining exposure to the ever altering world of international high fashion. W/o Sara continues her fashion training to this day by means of correspondence courses, regular journey, and a continuing eye on the developments in the contantly evolving world of international high fashion through the internet.