Traditional Garments: Indispensable Part of Ethiopian Culture

Most individuals in Ethiopia particularly within the northern part and rural areas use these traditional cotton garments for varied celebrations and festivities.

Most people consider that carrying these residence-made in most cases white garments during tradition-affiliated festivities is kind of necessary. Some individuals whom ENA has talked to have related attitudes towards these clothes.

Since of Ethiopia’s large holidays – the New Year and the Meskel pageant – fall in September, it’s frequent to see many people who put on traditional garments in this month.

Aberash Tulu, who was visiting shops at the Shiromeda market to purchase traditional dress, stated; these garments give her great mental satisfaction regardless of the price.

Generally, her need and the price of the clothes do clarify discrepancy. It might double or triple her financial capability. No matter occurs, she buys them because the traditional pieces are essential to her.

Elisabeth Mekonin, Tayech Alemayehu and Haimanot Alemu, whom we received shopping for the white traditional dresses at Shiromeda, had been amazingly in an identical wear at the time. They have been visiting shops to buy traditional dresses for a weeding that they are going to attend.

As a lover of those traditional dresses, Elisabeth stated her need for more of these garments won’t ever die.

Although she owned many traditional garments, Elisabeth prefers to have new traditional dresses for particular occasions corresponding to holidays and weeding.

Tayech Alemayehu, was additionally all in favour of these white, cotton-made and ornamented traditional clothes, though her want is totally different from her friend.

Despite most of these traditional clothes are prepared mostly in the form of dress with a shawl, Tayech desires to wear skirt and jacket made of these traditional products.

Obtrusive within the white dress itself, Haimanot, a pal of the two, said she has large satisfaction in carrying these dresses.

Haimanot mentioned that the series progress that these dresses have undergone in design and magnificence provides her an opportunity to find dresses that comply with her desire.

Merchants of traditional clothes at Shiromeda whom ENA has talked with agree on that Ethiopian traditional dress dresses have shown important improvements in model and design.

Based on Tirsit Lemma, a service provider, “The traditional clothes made each for men and women have enjoyed improvements in design. The colored thick fabrics on the sides of the garments even have changed a lot. Typically, the quality has changed.”

Dinkinesh Lemma, a trader who shares Tirsit’s views. These cotton-made white clothes are still made of cotton, not from linen or silk. Nonetheless, the dynamism in technological achievements influenced the standard, type and design of the clothes.

A male purchaser, Melkamu shiferaw likes wearing traditional clothes. But, the issue is the difficulty to seek out ready-made garments for men in a lot of the shops.

Unlike women, who’ve the possibility to get ready-made traditional dresses, men are unable to get ready-made traditional garments, as most of the shops prefer to stitch the clothes upon their request.

The event-based traditional ladies garments, relying upon the standard of the fabric and design vary in price. In some galleries on the Shiromeda market, it ranges from 1,800 to 7,500 Birr. In others, it ranges from four hundred to 2,000 Birr.