TAASA TEXTILE STUDY GROUP, SYDNEY – TAASA Review March 2016

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This article was originally found in the March 2016 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 25, Issue 1, Page 28).

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Ethiopia under Wraps 10 November 2015 Ethopia? Asia? We all wondered about the connection, however it was evident from the outset that TSG veterans Sally Powell and Helen Perry had the pointers clearly marked on the map' via the trade routes that have existed between Ethiopia & Asia since the 1st century BCE.

Sally and Helen had us riveted for almost two hours with wonderful images and (often humorous) stories which introduced us to the diverse ethnicity of Ethiopia, its religious history, its arts and material culture with, of course, an emphasis on textiles.

One focus of the talk was on the Dorze people, highly skilled weavers from the South who now dominate the hand woven textile industry in Addis Ababa where they produce the vast array of body wraps worn by men & women across the country...