We toured Sabahar, one of Ethiopia's few fair trade companies. Check out their website here.
This place was amazing.
Silk worms are raised by farmers all over Ethiopia. It takes approximately 400 cocoons for one scarf.
The silk is cleaned and then hand spun, multiple times to get a strong, fine, thread.
Watching these men at their looms was mesmerizing, creating something, hand crafted, minute details, God's creation of the silk worm, the cocoons being spun into thread, then dyed, counted and designed into patterns. This sounds so weird but it literally moved me as I was watching these skilled people doing what they did so well, I guess, for lack of better words, it was worship. Humans creating something that their creator designed them for, resulting in something of so much beauty.
Don't watch this video if you speak Amharic. Wow, a really ugly American accent going on.