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Yes, you can buy Ethiopian textiles for much less than the fixed prices here (and yes, they don't haggle at all - i tried) but you cannot beat the quality. If you are looking for high quality silk scarves, cotton / silk table clothes /...More
I needed a scarf to wear in churches and this facility was recommended. The store itself is not large, but the textiles are unbelievably gorgeous. Yes, you can find less expensive items, but the quality is wonderful. Everything is made on site. We saw the...More
Sabahar is a fairtrade company making beautiful silk and cotton products by hand. The owner, a Canadian woman, Kathy, is a very good guide on the idyllic and beautiful compound which in itself is a small paradise where everything is produced by gifted Ethiopian employees....More
Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Lotte C
Sophijoye, Manager at Sabahar, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018
Thank you for your kind review. We hope you have an opportunity to come and visit us again.
I had a great visit and I bought nearly a dozen items. I asked about tours and I was lucky enough to be added to a tour group passing through. I got to see the different production stages the textiles go through at the facility....More
Date of experience: February 2018
Sophijoye, Manager at Sabahar, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2018
Thanks for writing a review. We really appreciate your time and energy. We are also happy to hear that you could join a tour and get an inside look at the company. We hope you visit again soon!
Sabahar is a company in Addis Ababa that uses traditional spinning wheels and looms to produce handmade cotton and silk textiles used to produce a range of textile products from natural fibers in Ethiopia, including scarves and shawls, towels, table linens, cushions and bags. My...More
Date of experience: September 2017
Sophijoye, Manager at Sabahar, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017
We are humbled by the beautiful account of your experience at Sabahar. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a thorough review for us. We really appreciate it. We are happy you enjoyed your time and hope to see...More
This is a fantastic business idea and organization. Sadly, we only got to see the shop because we came on a Saturday. They wouldn't even let us see the looms or workshops. Needless to say we were disappointed but we bought scarfs and blankets (which...More
Date of experience: October 2017
Sophijoye, Manager at Sabahar, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017
Thank you for your feedback. The reason the workshop isn't open on the weekends is that all of the artisans work 5 day work weeks. They are not there and there is no one in the workshop to ensure nothing gets touched or damaged.
A Canadian entrepreneur has created economic opportunities for local women and men. She has provided multiple forms of economic activity, from silk worm development, to providing adequate food supplies for these worms, to teaching the locals how to extract the silk and how to loom...More
Kathy and Sophie are wonderful about sharing the story and the history of their artisans as well as the beauty. I took 11 TCU students and they loved the setting as well as the beauty of the products.More
Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Julie M
Sophijoye, Manager at Sabahar, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2017
Thank you so much for taking the time to put up a review. We loved having you and all of your students. It is always a pleasure to speak to people who are interested and wanting to help promote ethical business! Hopefully we will see...More
The site is well managed and allows the visitor to see and meet artisans, especially handloom, at work. The quality is excellent and the prices are more than I had expected compared to the markets. The scarves, throws, table cloths and placemats make excellent gifts....More