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.
An Ethiopian born, Selam Habte migrated to Seattle, WA at the age of 15. Navigating through the school in a new country was not an easy road for her. Growing up Selam got a lot help from her community and her vibrant personality helped her build relationships that are long lasting. As an adult, while raising her family, she has been empowering the numerous generations of Habesha families. She is determined for Generation X and Generation Y to empower their kids by teaching their home culture and still be able to navigate the foreign land. She educates schools and communities about her home tradition by offering the Famous Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony and share her culture in varies occasions. Selam believes this Generation of Habesha youth will be leaders of the future.