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If you want to buy something special, come here

Yes, you can buy Ethiopian textiles for much less than the fixed prices here (and yes, they don't... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2018
Munich, Germany
Don't miss this place!!

I needed a scarf to wear in churches and this facility was recommended. The store itself is not... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2018
Huntsville, Alabama
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“silk scarves”(4 reviews)
“cotton”(9 reviews)
Sabahar is a Fair Trade company that produces export quality scarves, shawls and housewares out of locally sourced cotton and silk. Everything is exquisitely hand made.
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| Mekannisa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
+251 11 321 5112
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Reviewed 25 October 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank 683marye
Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

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

Dear Lotte, Thank you for your kind review. We hope you have an opportunity to come and visit us again. Warm regards, Sophie

Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

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
Thank nicolekM5928GM
Sophijoye, Manager at Sabahar, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2018

Dear Nicole, 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! Best regards, Sophie

Reviewed 7 November 2017

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
Thank 293billv
Sophijoye, Manager at Sabahar, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Dear Bill, 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

Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

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
Thank rlfisher02
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. I...More

Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Unique to see the local textile showcase of scarf, napkins, table clothes. The materials are very good quality but it is not cheap.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank May F
Reviewed 15 August 2017

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

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Yasmin R
Reviewed 14 June 2017

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

Reviewed 7 June 2017

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

Date of experience: May 2017
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Shubhra B
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Response from 293billv | Reviewed this property |
It's a good idea to call the factory in advance of your visit so they know you are coming. It's also a good time to make arrangements for any special needs or requests for your visit.