Ethiopian dress is a unique and vibrant form of clothing that has been worn in the country for centuries. It reflects Ethiopia's rich cultural heritage, with its bright colors, intricate patterns, and traditional designs. This article will explore the history of Ethiopian dress as well as some of its most popular styles today. We'll also discuss how to incorporate this beautiful fashion into your wardrobe!
Wedding is a sacred union of two souls for they become one heart and two bodies and also a colorful event marked by display of beautiful clothing worn by the bride groom and all the attending guests. Ethiopian wedding ceremonies differ from ethnicity to ethnicity which means diverse customs and traditional costumes. In this article we won’t get in to any ethnic wedding ceremonies but we will explore the popular type of wedding ceremony that can be seen in urban areas such as Addis Ababa and type of clothing’s worn.
Ethiopian spring festivals represent celebration of the transition of the season that are associated with the integral aspect life which depends on the seasonal change time where the gloomy rainy season or “kiremt” leaves for the sunny beautiful summer day and instills happiness which is expressed by happy thanksgiving like celebrations those take place among different ethnic groups of the country as we explore different spring festivals carried out in the country we will also try to explore the traditional hand-woven Ethiopian dressings that accompany the season within this article and many more to come in the series, stay tuned with us at ethiopianclothing.net as we wonder through our country’s unique moments that define the very source of our identity and pride.
Every year an event is celebrated by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church on the 10th of Tir, or 19th or 20th January during a leap year of Georgian calendar called the Timket. Timket or Epiphany is an event which celebrated with great zeal, enthusiasm, and respect to commemorate the actual baptism of Jesus Christ in River Jordan. The festivities last for a total of three days during which processions and prayers are a common sight.
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.
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.
Expect this to be the most accurately made garment you have ever had.
Have a friend help measure you and be sure to use a proper cloth measuring tape.
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!
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.