Hawassa Artisans

Hawassa (or Awassa) is a bustling university town situated on beautiful Lake Awassa. Known for its fish market and stunning sunsets, Hawassa also offers fashion forward handloom products.

Gamo Andenet Shemanewoch Primary Society

Sales Outlet: Gamo Andenet Shemanewoch Primary Society Retail Store
Location: Mehal Kefle Ketema, Addis Ababa Keble, Gudguda Sefer, Hawassa, SNNPR, Ethiopia (Call for directions)
Contact: Ato Mamush Shancho +251 191 630 8816 (Amharic only)

Seventy-five weavers work in a large, well-equipped studio, weaving textiles in many different Ethiopian styles. Their production is both traditional and innovative and is best demonstrated by the wonderful collections of striped scarves in polyester yarn or cotton. Large looms also allow this group to produce cotton linens. The group has worked with an international designer to create fashion forwarded scarves and home décor items.

Traveler's Testimonial

"A wild and beautiful place - only a few days here but really enjoyed it. Stunning scenery and wildlife."

Simone Cole - BBC

"Our visit with you was far & away the high point of the trip."

Erin Chapman - D.A.T.A., USA (experiencing community tourism in Ethiopia on a trip with Brad Pitt)

Come and Enjoy!

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