Exploring the design motifs of Wollo Gabi in Ethiopian textiles and design development of women’s fashion accessories

Authors

  • Hazal Gumus Ciftci Arizona State University
  • Tewodros Tenagne Wollo University
  • Temesgen Agazhie Wollo University
  • Michael Reta Wollo University

Keywords:

Ethiopia, Social design, Textile dsign, Traditional crafts, Gabi textile

Abstract

Ethiopia, renowned for its rich tradition of craftsmanship, particularly in textiles, boasts a variety of regional styles and fabric types utilised in traditional and everyday attire. This study represented a collaborative effort between two universities, Arizona State University in the United States and Wollo University in Ethiopia, explicitly focusing on Wollo Gabi, an intricately patterned, gauze-like handwoven fabric of symbolic significance. Embarking on this endeavour were four design researchers who have explored Wollo Gabi's historical lineage, production techniques and contemporary applications. Subsequently, our endeavours evolved to encompass the conceptualisation and development of designs intending to demonstrate Gabi’s commercial potential in the US market. We employed a practice-based approach working with artisans to integrate diverse perspectives into the design process, fostering a more inclusive design process for product and brand development.

Mood board for designing with Gabi.

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Published

29-05-2024

How to Cite

Gumus Ciftci, H., Tenagne, T., Agazhie, T., & Reta, M. (2024). Exploring the design motifs of Wollo Gabi in Ethiopian textiles and design development of women’s fashion accessories. DISCERN: International Journal of Design for Social Change, Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 5(1), 54–65. Retrieved from https://www.designforsocialchange.org/journal/index.php/DISCERN-J/article/view/148