Product Stories

Textiles, Ethiopia

Our gorgeous Fairtrade textiles are handmade in Ethiopia.

The cotton is hand spun and the textiles are woven using techniques inspired by ancient weaving traditions. All of the dyes are eco-friendly, made of local plants, herbs and some tried natural products from around the world.

Hand weaving is an intricate process that takes a lot of time and results in richly textured fabrics. Every step of the process is handmade, from the spinning of the thread to weaving the cloth and even finishing the details on each of the products. A weaver can usually produce only 3 scarves per day. 

Our supplier is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization and operates a wonderful facility in Addis Ababa where spinners and weavers are employed in a safe, supportive and comfortable environment.

Cotton is sourced from smallholders around Ethiopia. Some of the cured patients from the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital are now earning an income by spinning cotton for this supplier.

With the support of Hamlin customers, our orders are enough to provide full time employment for 5 weavers and 5 spinners.

Discover the range here.