Ethiopian Coffee ceremony
and basket weaving
HANDMADE BASKETS FROM ETHIOPIA
How Basket Weaving Changes the Lives of Ethiopian Women
HISTORY: Historically, in many African countries, mothers would be sure to pass on their young daughters the knowledge of how to weave because an ability to shape baskets was considered a prerequisite to marriage.
MATERIAL: The coils are woven over with a type of dried grass stems, which are often dyed, are used as a kind of thread both to decorate the finished basket and to hold its structure together.
ECONOMY: Basket weaving’s significance in modern-day Africa is seen in gainful employment producing positive result in many areas of the lives of weavers. Gaining employment and full-time occupation as professional weavers is connected to improving the lives of young women.
SOCIALLY: Whenever they spread grass mats and lay down their raw materials and tools, become their work area, and they gather to work and for positive communication. Working together in a group provides women with a support network platform for lively discussions, the opportunity ask questions, and to share emotional and practical issues.