Shopping For A Cause

As Summer approaches, I’ve looking for beautiful light-weight knits.  I stumbled upon Lemlem the other day and Eureka!  Lemlem is a handcrafted collection of women’s and children’s clothing made by traditional weavers in Ethopia.  Supermodel Lyia Kedebe discovered that traditional Ethopian weavers in her native country were losing their jobs due to a decline in local demand for their goods and wanted to do something about it. Recognizing the beauty, quality and historic significance of their work, Liya started Lemlem in 2007 as a way to inspire economic independence in her native country and to preserve the art of weaving.

According to the Lemlem website, “[s]ince ancient times in the land of the Queen of Sheba, the Ethiopian people have adorned themselves in beautiful hand woven and hand embroidered clothing. The hand spinning of cotton and intricate embroidery was the work of women while the hand weaving was done mainly by men. It is our wish to bring to you an incredible handwork and help preserve this ancient art form by creating opportunities for the Artisans.”

Lemlem actually means to flourish or bloom in Amharic; so while stocking up on your Summer staples, why don’t you join me in helping Lemlem to continue to flourish by ordering a piece or two for yourself and the bambino? Click here to shop.

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