Many women in Ethiopia spin raw cotton into thread in their homes. They buy the raw cotton from the market, separate the seed from the fiber and then spin it on a drop spindle into amazingly soft thread. The skill of hand spinning is passed down from mother to daughter and most rural women spin at their homes for extra income. Honouring this tradition, hand spun cotton thread is purchased from a network of women throughout Addis Ababa and produced in a workshop. As most spinning is done during free time, it is a way to support women with supplemental income.
The beauty of handspun thread is a rare commodity in our quickly changing world of mechanized textile factories. Hand spun cotton is very textured and soft and ensures each product is unique.