Sabahar is a slice of green utopia amidst the hustle and bustle of Addis Ababa. Sabahar is an Ethiopian company that produces uniquely designed, hand made cotton and silk textiles; entirely hand made in Ethiopia from natural fibers. Sabahar’s workshop is open to public - you will be able to see weavers, spinners, dyers and finishers. And yes, you can even meet the silk caterpillars that they keep on site.
Sabahar prides itself on its passion for preserving and celebrating the rich weaving tradition of Ethiopia combined with respectful and ethical work opportunities for marginalized people. Suitability and innovation are their core values - Sabahar supports and trains artisans to apply their ancient skills to modern, fresh designs - providing the bridge between the artisan and the global market, and creating reliable income for families. Sahara is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization, creating work opportunities for Ethiopian people with an emphasis on employment for women.
Weaving is an ancient craft in Ethiopia but silk was only introduced to Ethiopia about 15 years ago. Sabahar has adopted traditional technologies to new fibers and products, remaining loyal to tradition while adjusting to contemporary tastes of the world market. All of the cotton and silk used is locally sourced in Ethiopia and made by hand - every step of the process, from the spinning of the thread to weaving the cloth and even finishing the details on each of the products. Natural dyes, using local plants and herbs, create the most luxurious colors.