The clothing line provides employment for practitioners of a centuries-old tradition that was facing extinction.
“I visited an area of these incredible weavers that we’ve always had in Ethiopia who make incredible work but don’t really have the space to sell their clothes anymore,” Kebede says… “It’s one thing to donate money. It’s a whole other thing to give an opportunity for someone to make his own money.”
And that’s how Lemlem—which means “to bloom” in Amharic—was founded five years ago.
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