A TASTE OF AFRICAN CULTURE:THE ETHIOPIAN HABESHA
Selam! Selam! (that’s an amharic greeting). Words can’t explain how much I am proud of my continent, Africa. If you check my About section it will communicate enough.We have different beautiful cultures,values and people around us despite the negative side that’s portrayed outside the world. The African continent is unique in it’s way because of the morals we have been told about by our parents and the different languages we talk .ie. the South Africans were known for the click sounds. Ha! ha! imagine talking when you are just saying nkt!nkt!nkto! Well, I decided to focus on Ethiopia which is Africa’s oldest independent country and has the second largest population. They have a very unique traditional wear that I have fallen in love with, The habesha. This dress is normally worn by the Ethiopian and Eritrean women at their events. It could be weddings, their ‘ruracios’ and many more functions. Most of the dresses are made of cotton which is normally heavy and the popular colors are white with different embroidery, designs and colors. Anytime, you purchase a habesha dress it comes along with a head wrap and a netela ( the scarf that’s tied on the waist).Nowadays, it’s no secret that many Kenyan weddings have high fashion statements and I am proud we’re on the right path but we can do better than that. Think of dressing in a different culture and be sure to leave a fashion legacy in that wedding!
Habesha Dress – Garrisa Lodge, Eastleigh
Shoes- Bata Ngoma