Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Made in Ethiopia

Imagine if half of everything we bought said "Made in Africa". Do you think the world would be a better place? I do. And one company in Ethiopia thinks so too. Taytu is a collective of workers scattered throughout the country that produces textiles, leather items, and purses. Take a look at some of their work by clicking on the title above. You'll find beautifully embroidered textiles and well thought out leather purses. And while you're there, take a minute to notice the product photography. It's wonderful. What Taytu has done is set beautiful products amidst a contrast of colors, shapes, and environments. Who would expect to find a delicately laced purse amongst old petrol-cans-turned-cantenes? The Taytu site and products are just beautiful, so take a moment & take a look. (Note: The color tabs on the left of their home page will link you to their product images). No beadwork here but lots of ingenuity for loads of inspiration!


The Lone Beader said...

Actually, it would be nice if half of everything I bought was made in the United States... :/

Louise HIll said...

Thanks so much Sue. Their work is lovely and I love the photos.

SuzyQ said...

I think Taytu is doing a great thing by bringing local products to a global market. It's companies like these that need our support because their efforts make a big difference in the lives & livelihoods of individuals & communities, no matter where they come from in this world.

SuzyQ said...

I wanted to post another update on all things African. Today in the New York Times is an article on the front page about the South African longshoremen refusing to unload a shipment of Arms from China bound for Zimbabwe. The South African government backed the longshoremen. The ship has pulled out of the Durban harbor and has set sail.
Hooray to South Africa for standing up for Human Rights!!!!!!!!!!!

SuzyQ said...

You can blow out a candle
But you can't blow out a flame
Once the flames begin to catch
The wind will blow it higher

And the eyes of the world are
watching now
watching now

~ Peter Gabriel: Biko

Tammy said...

With all the Chinese issues up front now due to the Olympics, this makes even more sense than usual.