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Behind the Label | Lemlem

Liya Kebede discovered traditional weavers in her native country of Ethiopia were losing their jobs due to a decline in local demand for their good and wanted to do something about it. Recognizing the beauty, quality and historic significance of their work, Liya started Lemlem in 2007 as a way to inspire economic independence in her native country and to preserve the art of weaving.

Liya Kebede discovered traditional weavers in her native country of Ethiopia were losing their jobs due to a decline in local demand for their good and wanted to do something about it. Recognizing the beauty, quality and historic significance of their work, Liya started Lemlem in 2007 as a way to inspire economic independence in her native country and to preserve the art of weaving. Today, Lemlem, which means to flourish or bloom in Amharic is thriving. Thank you to those who support this handcrafted collection of women's and children's clothing, while helping preserve an ancient art form.

 

 

History | Since ancient times in the land of the Queen of Sheba, the Ethiopian people have adorned themselves in beautiful hand woven and hand embroidered clothing. Then hand spinning of cotton and introcate embroidery was the work of women while the hand waving was done mainly by men. It is our wish to being to you an incredible handwork and help preserve this ancient art form by creating appurtunities for the Artisans.

 

 All photos courtesy Lemlem.com