Comments on: The Brand of Ethiopia http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/the-brand-of-ethiopia/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Tue, 08 Apr 2014 05:01:12 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Mafi: Fresh, Young, and HOT! | Live Flavour http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/the-brand-of-ethiopia/comment-page-1/#comment-850912 Mafi: Fresh, Young, and HOT! | Live Flavour Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:08:03 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26763#comment-850912 [...] is considered to be a low occupation and thus not many weavers get paid a livable wage (go to designmom.com to learn more about the Ethiopian weaving industry). Given this, Mafi’s focus on female weavers [...]

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By: liz bohannon http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/the-brand-of-ethiopia/comment-page-1/#comment-427566 liz bohannon Mon, 07 Jan 2013 03:18:02 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26763#comment-427566 LOVE THIS POST. Our little community in East Africa refers to our efforts as {Re} Branding Africa. We face the same challenges in Uganda and are so passionate about sharing a story of hope and success. Thanks for sharing about Muya. I will be in Ethiopia next month and am going to try and set up a visit!

xo

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By: Attu Worku http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/the-brand-of-ethiopia/comment-page-1/#comment-414373 Attu Worku Tue, 27 Nov 2012 16:58:17 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26763#comment-414373 Dear Gabrielle,

Thank you for your post. As an Ethiopian and a founder of an education and community development organization, I face the challenge of the Brand of Ethiopia. I do believe it is changing and will continue to change as long as we work towards progress and we have folks like you who are dedicated to share their stories.

Best,
ATW

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By: Die Marke von Äthiopien | Ronaldjungnickel's Blog http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/the-brand-of-ethiopia/comment-page-1/#comment-414196 Die Marke von Äthiopien | Ronaldjungnickel's Blog Mon, 26 Nov 2012 18:48:50 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26763#comment-414196 [...] Marke von Äthiopien Veröffentlicht am 26. November 2012 by Ronald Jungnickel Die Marke von Äthiopien. Gefällt mir:Gefällt mirSei der Erste dem dies gefällt. Dieser Beitrag wurde unter Allgemein [...]

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By: michelle twin mum http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/the-brand-of-ethiopia/comment-page-1/#comment-414110 michelle twin mum Sun, 25 Nov 2012 20:48:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26763#comment-414110 Beautiful post and so heartbreaking that they cannot get ther brand out in there in a big way – we’ll keep praying.

Mich x

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/the-brand-of-ethiopia/comment-page-1/#comment-414098 Design Mom Sun, 25 Nov 2012 20:29:08 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26763#comment-414098 Even the idea of a hand-woven dress is beautiful. I’m sure the actual dresses were gorgeous!

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/the-brand-of-ethiopia/comment-page-1/#comment-414097 Design Mom Sun, 25 Nov 2012 20:28:02 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26763#comment-414097 So true! Along those lines, I’m working on a post for #GivingTuesday — a gift guide featuring products that help give jobs to those in needs. I’m really enjoying putting it together.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/the-brand-of-ethiopia/comment-page-1/#comment-414095 Design Mom Sun, 25 Nov 2012 20:25:53 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26763#comment-414095 I felt the same way when I learned about their experiences at trade shows. I’d never thought about it like tha!. Ethiopia especially has been the poster child for African Aid since the 80′s — and Africa has over 60 countries — so that’s a huge burden to bear.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/the-brand-of-ethiopia/comment-page-1/#comment-414094 Design Mom Sun, 25 Nov 2012 20:23:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26763#comment-414094 Michelle, thank you for letting me know the posts resonate with you. I’m so glad to hear it!

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/the-brand-of-ethiopia/comment-page-1/#comment-414092 Design Mom Sun, 25 Nov 2012 20:19:06 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26763#comment-414092 High five for spreading the word, Chloe!

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/the-brand-of-ethiopia/comment-page-1/#comment-414091 Design Mom Sun, 25 Nov 2012 20:18:27 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26763#comment-414091 I think they do make an effort. Aid can be tricky. It’s not really about going in and saving the day. That doesn’t work. It’s more about research and training and putting policies in place that allow the citizens to access jobs, health care — and food (when crops fail or weather interferes).

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/the-brand-of-ethiopia/comment-page-1/#comment-414090 Design Mom Sun, 25 Nov 2012 20:15:37 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26763#comment-414090 Thank you, Elin!

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/the-brand-of-ethiopia/comment-page-1/#comment-414088 Design Mom Sun, 25 Nov 2012 19:58:12 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26763#comment-414088 Not at all, Amy. I’m just trying to make this factory feel less foreign and faraway. Yes, it’s a small factory, and yes, everything is made by hand on fairly primitive looms. But you can see some of the products they make at J.Crew. — which is close to home and familiar.

This particular factory told us they don’t have an online shop. (If they did, I would definitely link to it.) They deal mostly in wholesale.

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By: Amy http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/the-brand-of-ethiopia/comment-page-1/#comment-414009 Amy Sat, 24 Nov 2012 18:18:32 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26763#comment-414009 I’m confused…are you advocating purchasing from J Crew as a way to help? That’s not even close to fair trade.

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By: Ellen W http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/the-brand-of-ethiopia/comment-page-1/#comment-413939 Ellen W Sat, 24 Nov 2012 02:38:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26763#comment-413939 This post made me think of my parents who were missionaries in Ethiopia in the 1970′s. They were married there and my mom’s dress was hand woven along with the bridesmaids. My parents look back as the years spent there as some of the best in their lives.

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By: Miss Lindsey D http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/the-brand-of-ethiopia/comment-page-1/#comment-413911 Miss Lindsey D Fri, 23 Nov 2012 15:20:49 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26763#comment-413911 This is a beautiful post Gabrielle! As we head into a season so filled with spending – often just done out of habit and without much thought – it is so important to remember we can make big choices with those dollars and do something for the good of others.

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By: Positivelybeaming http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/the-brand-of-ethiopia/comment-page-1/#comment-413855 Positivelybeaming Thu, 22 Nov 2012 21:53:08 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26763#comment-413855 Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. While I know that my perceived notions of what life is like in many developing nations is probably out-dated and incorrect it is disappointing to hear how negatively this impacts everyone. Who would have thought that a country’s brand needed a face-lift in order for its citizens to catch a break. I too hope we can change that. Your stories and pictures make all the difference by showing what works and for that I think the entire country must be thankful. It must have been truly special to watch those fabrics come to life before your eyes. Just like the people behind them.

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By: Chloe http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/the-brand-of-ethiopia/comment-page-1/#comment-413749 Chloe Wed, 21 Nov 2012 23:15:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26763#comment-413749 Thank you for this post! I have always loved the LemLem designs and wondered where they came from. What you wrote makes me want to visit Ethiopia myself. I happily signed the petition and reposted on my facebook page :)

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By: Michelle B http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/the-brand-of-ethiopia/comment-page-1/#comment-413748 Michelle B Wed, 21 Nov 2012 22:51:05 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26763#comment-413748 Really powerful and touching. Through my own personal journey it’s a country I’ve become deeply connected to and so your postings have had a great resonance for me. Thank you, Gabrielle, for bringing focus to this beautiful country and it’s amazing women .

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By: sofija http://www.designmom.com/2012/11/the-brand-of-ethiopia/comment-page-1/#comment-413745 sofija Wed, 21 Nov 2012 22:31:59 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=26763#comment-413745 I enjoyed all of your posts about your trip to Ethiopia. I hope this wasn’t the last one. It seems like the programs you visited make an effort to be sensitive to the local culture.

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