Ethiopian Colors for the Summer - The New Collection 2021
A blog article written and translated by Kabana Leather.
Classic, with decent elements of traditional Ethiopian fashion. The summer collection from Kabana.
Inspired by Ethiopian colors to give you a sassy look this summer!
We would all agree that nothing lifts the mood like a beautiful, colorful accessory.
This past year has been tough for all of us and what better way to lift your mood this summer than with our latest collection!
Our brightly colored collection is inspired by summer colors, particularly the beautiful bright colors of different Ethiopian cultural attire that inspire happiness and hope. We bring you colors like light cognac, burgundy, and light whisky!
The patterns in this collection are inspired by different African markings and symbols like face markings. For us to be able to easily transfer the collection idea to live canvas material, we used simple light materials along with recycled horn accessories.
If you like to see our environment protected by recycling leather - then we have you covered, check out our “Serie Patches”- which has high quality recycled leather utilized to make unique bags.
The idea for this arose when our team wondered what would happen to all the leather leftovers that were created to produce one of our handcrafted leather bags. A new, meaningful collection was launched. We are proud to present you this new collection of recycled leather.
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However, fast fashion leaves a significant environmental footprint, both from production and disposal. A study by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation revealed that an equivalent of one garbage truck of textiles is burnt or buried in landfill every second.
The need to preserve the environment has become very important now more than ever. Like all countries across the world, Ethiopia is experiencing the adverse effects of climate change as a result of poor environmental management.
This product line is inspired by the need to reduce landfill, creating a more sustainable environment. Instead of making sandals the traditional way through sourcing materials and colors, we decided to use leather cut-offs left over from making bags.
With support from the Mastercard Foundation, we purchased basic textile machines, repurposed the existing machines, and trained staff to make textile products.
Semhal Guesh grew up in Ethiopia hearing a phrase many young girls her age did not: “You can do whatever you want.” Now 27 years old, it’s no coincidence that Semhal has become a designer, architect, and entrepreneur.