Collection Stories


 LALIBELA CROSS

The Cross of Lalibela (La.Lee.Bela) mirrors a processional cross that has been adopted by the sacred rock churches of Lalibela, in Northern Ethiopia. Its intricate designs are believed to draw various inspirational references. Among the few are depiction of the points of a compass to proclaim God’s equal existence in all directions and the tips of a spearhead to symbolize the Seal of Solomon, King of Israel. Traditionally, this cross is worn by women as a pendant on a blue or black silk thread, known as Mateb.

 AXUM CROSS

 The cross of Aksum (Ak.Soom) is inspired from well-known processional cross in Northern Ethiopia. A combination of spherical shapes and patterns, the intricate designs of the cross are believed to draw several biblical references to make symbolic representations, including that of crown of thorns, Garden of Eden, and the radiant sun to symbolize the divine nature and endless age of God. Traditionally, this cross is worn by women as a pendant on a blue or black silk thread, known as Mateb. 


THE DORZE TIBEB COLLECTION

The Hayzo Dorze Tilet diamond  patterns draw inspiration from centuries-old, weaving traditions of the Dorze (Dor-Zay) people from Southern Ethiopia. Once fearsome warriors, they transitioned to peaceful artistry and are now mostly known for their highly specialized skills in creating handwoven cotton dresses with colorful embroidery, known as Tibeb (T-bub). Traditionally, their work of luxurious attire was worn by royal families and dignitaries.


THE TSIRUR COLLECTION 

Inspired from unique craftsmanship in Northern Ethiopia & Eritrea, the Tsirur (Tse-roo) design is believed to evoke a display of grace and dignity. The design intricacy - known as filigree technique- introduced to goldsmiths of Northern Ethiopia by Greek and Armenian artisans, due to ancient and enduring trade routes that exposed Eastern Ethiopia to other parts of the world about two centuries ago. Traditionally, Tsirur along with other adornments, are worn by women for social occasions to show their social status and wealth.

 

WORIRO GEMSTONE NECKLACE

The Woriro (Wo-Ree-Ro), traditionally worn by women in Wollo, from Northern Ethiopia, signifies an item of beauty. There are different types of Woriro, each reflecting the status of the wearer. Also used as a household item, it is customary for a bride to be gifted a Woriro on her wedding day. The intricate diamond patterns on the necklace are inspired from centuries-old weaving traditions of the Dorze (Door-Zay) people from Southern Ethiopia. Once fearsome warriors, and later turned peaceful artisans, their luxurious attire with master craftsmanship was once worn by royal families and dignitaries. At the heart of the necklace, is a semi-precious Chrysoprase or Quartz South Ethiopian gemstone, mined by local artisanal miners in Ethiopia.

 

 TELSOM COLLECTION

 The intricate design of the Telsom (See-loom) square domes draws design inspirations from Central Ethiopia, which is traditionally worn as a necklace pendant, to symbolize love and commitment. The Telsom half-moon design is inspired by one of Ethiopia’s iconic necklace designs, dating back centuries. Traditionally, forged in silver and gold, it is worn as a necklace, strung on a mateb (a silk or cotton thread) by people in Central Ethiopia. There are different shapes and forms of this iconic design, embodying an acknowledgement of faith. 

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