Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Sabahar is a certified World Fair Trade Organisation based in Addis. They produce uniquely designed cotton and silk products for the contemporary home using traditional production methods that involve real craftsmanship. Our eri silk throw, Ethiopian cotton table linen and hand towels are woven by the artisans at their workshop, surrounded by greenery and away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The products are entirely hand made from start to finish - from spinning the cotton and silk thread using a drop spindle to weaving the fabric on traditional wooden looms. Each piece is then meticulously finished off ready for export.
The raw cotton and silk that is hand spun produces a beautifully soft fabric. Hand spun cotton is a rare commodity these days so Sabahar's focus on the purity of raw materials and processes has enabled them to create richly textured textiles.
The cotton and silk is produced in Ethiopia and some of the fabrics are dyed using local plants and herbs such as dried marigold flowers and pomegranate husks.
Sabahar preserves and celebrates the rich weaving tradition of Ethiopia whilst adopting modern and contemporary designs. Their core values of sustainability, innovation and caring for each other lie at the forefront of what they do. They have created ethical and positive work opportunities for marginalised people and support and train artisans to develop themselves. They provide the artisans with a reliable income so they can support their families.
It is an honour for us to partner with an organisation like Sabahar. The way in which they work is truly inspiring.