The Beauty of Ethiopian and Eritrean Cultural Dress

The Beauty of Ethiopian and Eritrean Cultural Dress

January 21, 2018

Habesha Kemis is an ankle length dress which is worn by Eritrean and Ethiopian women at formal events as well as at casual occasions. This sensual Ethiopian traditional dress is accompanied by sleeves and a bodice. However, nowadays, it comes in a number of forms. The fabric which is used to make this dress is cotton. This cotton fabric is known as shemma handwoven by traditional weaver called Shemane. The shemma fabric is around 75 cm wide and it is woven into long stripes. These stripes are sewn together. For an elegant effect, sometimes bright yarns are also woven into the fabric.

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Size

Women's Size Guide

To make sure correct measurements we recommend having a professional seamstress
measure you. If you do not get a professional seamstress to take your measurements you
must follow these guides to ensure proper fit.

Please note: the way to measure for a dress has nothing to do with the size of your
jeans or the waist size or where they hang from!
ethiopian clothing measuring guide

Men's Size Guide

This is a guide with simple instructions on how to take suit measurements (plus a few
general details) that any tailor will need to make a bespoke suit.

What you will need:

    • A fabric measuring tape (we take all our measurements in inches).
    • Assistance from a friend (the measurer)
    • A well-fitting shirt, a pair of trousers (not jeans), jacket, and a pair of shoes.