Artwork : ArchiveNo00167

Ethiopian National Dress 1998






Contributor Name Ayelach Arthur-Kifle
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Location Old Portsmouth
Collection Date 21.09.08 2.46pm
Artefact Name Ethiopian National Dress
Artefact Description White cotton, woven dress with blue and silver embroidery around the edge on both sides. Geometric pattern with diamond shapes.
The dress is accompanied by a shawl. It is transparent, soft cotton. A lining is worn underneath the dress.
Good condition.
Artefact Date 1998
Artefact Stored Kept in suitcase in spare room
Artefact Form

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Sample Taken Fibre from edge of shawl – white cotton
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History of Artefact In Ethiopia all national dresses have a shawl – some are made with double layers to keep warm. Sometimes the temperature can be very low in Ethiopia. The hottest month is May.
‘It was bought in Ethiopia by a friend as a present for me. The cotton is woven and grown locally.’

Previous Owners None
Special Memories ‘I moved to Portsmouth in 1988, I have lived in Britain twenty-two years. When I wear this I feel unique in Portsmouth. I feel proud to represent my country and culture.’
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I do love the dress and the beautiful embroidery , reminds me of my dear friend who also comes from Ethiopia.

-- Joyce Rimell - 01 Mar 2009


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