Sabahar-Keeping handweaving alive in Ethiopia

One of Danaqa's most popular product ranges is our beautiful handwoven scarves from Ethiopian company Sabahar. 

Producing uniquely designed, hand made cotton and silk textiles, their products are entirely hand made from natural fibres, from the spinning of the thread to the weaving of the fabric.

Sabahar founder and General Manager, Kathy Marshall, a Canadian by birth but a twenty-year veteran of Ethiopia, founded the company in 2004. Her passion for preserving and celebrating the rich weaving tradition of Ethiopia combined with her desire to create respectful and ethical work opportunities for marginalized people have laid the foundation for the company.

Sabahar's core values reflect those of Danaqa's and their quality made products are a continuing hit with our customers.

Here are Sabahar's values, which can be found on their website.

  • "Sustainability: We support and train artisansto apply their ancient skills to modern, fresh designs. By providing the bridge between the artisan and the global market, we provide reliable income for families.
  • Innovation: Weaving is an ancient craft in Ethiopia but silk was only introduced to Ethiopia about 15 years ago. We adopt traditional technologies to new fibers and products. We remain loyal to tradition while adjusting to contemporary tastes of the world market.
  • Caring for each other: Our products are made with care by people we care about. We create positive work opportunities in Ethiopia, with an emphasis on employment for women. We are members of the World Fair Trade Organization."

To find out more about Sabahar and their creative process watch this short video.