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“At first glance, Chencha, Ethiopia — an isolated hamlet of bamboo houses situated 300 miles south of the capital of Addis Ababa — doesn’t look like it’s the center of anything. It certainly doesn’t look like a major player on the world’s fashion stage. But then, looks can be deceiving.

The town is home to the Dorze people — an ancient community of weaving specialists whose designs have reached catwalks as far afield as New York and Tokyo.”

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Meet one of our makers, Hailu Worku. Hailu makes our muslin bags that we use for packaging our items.

Hailu was born in Addis Ababa in the year 1975. He grew up in the bustling streets of Piazza and has been his place of business for the past 22 years. As most artisans in Ethiopia, his sewing skills were passed down from his father.

Hailu is such a humble soul who takes great joy in helping the poor. He said “I Wish I was better at saving money. If I see someone in need, I can’t help but share what I have.” Hailu is married and is a father of two boys and a girl.

We are so happy for being able to create opportunities, although small, for hard working individuals like Hailu. We look forward to working with him and more artisans this year.

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holiday gift guide 2

  1. Decorated Rekebot  |  2. Men Striped Scarf  |  3. All White Gabi  |  4. Traditional Sieve  |  5. Golden Sparkle Scarf  |  6. Framed Ethiopian Crosses

We have selected a few of our favorites from our debut collection and put together this gift guide. It is the perfect way to show that special someone that you care and also let them know that you have great taste.

Happy Holidays!
Team Haizo