Ethiopia is a land of untold history and of a culture several millennia old. Much of the custom and ritual of her past has survived a long period of economic and industrial growth; as a result, Ethiopia today is a world between worlds – a society embracing both the tradition and the modern. Ethiopia has a rich mosaic of cultures; the Geography combines with history to impose a sense of common purpose, which has welded a unit out of dozens of different communities.

One of the most interesting of the Ethiopia's cultural heritage is its handicraft industry. The fascinating and executing range of design and pattern with which the Ethiopian people have beautified and decorated their utensils, their clothes, themselves and the houses they live in.  The skill and the artistic creativity of the stone carvers, the weavers, the potters, the metalworkers and jewelers, the woodworkers and many others have been guarded and developed over many centuries. Like the Europeans before the Industrial Revolution, the Ethiopian people at the beginning of their civilization evolved a handcraft industry, which met the basic, everyday needs of the population.

Ethiopia's handicrafts however have remained a thing of the home, a work still done by hand. The Federal Government has endorsed the Cultural preservation Strategy that has 63 Generic strategic interventions. When positive results are achieved there must be a shift in focus to sustaining the emerging culture.

Handicraft Definition

In Ethiopia handicraft shall mean any manufacturing activity which predominately uses manual skills and hand tools. To our purpose we can define handicraft
by two main categories namely Articles of Function:
Carpets, wood and horn products (small items), basket ware, ceramics, textiles, furniture (wood & bamboo), musicale instruments, pottery etc; articles of “souvenir” interest: paintings, silk screen prints, parchment designs, dolls, icon wood, woven “pictures” on frames, jewelry and Coptic crosses etc. In case of articles of function they can be easily described, measured and priced. Souvenirs, however, have interests to most tourists who come to Ethiopia who buy them to remember the Ethiopian culture and their stay in the country. More details of Ethiopian handicraft are provided at the following links

                      Hadloom Products
                             – Pottery
                             – Carpets
                             – Jewelry
                             – Parchment design




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