This is a part of our Faces of FASHIONABLE series. The inspirational women behind our products have courageous stories of overcoming, and we are honored to share them with you.
Next up: meet Elsabeth. We have been working with her for almost 3 years, but she has been in the weaving industry for the last 3 decades! While they mostly create our hand-woven scarves and blankets, her business specializes in woven wool rugs and home decor products and we look forward to developing into that category with them in the future.
Elsabeth began as a social worker, helping out the disenfranchised around her - prisoners, the elderly, and women who were seen as un-valuable. She realized they each had skills (or could easily be taught skills) and invested in teaching and training. Over the years, she has trained more than 70 girls how to weave, and three of those have gone on to start their own weaving businesses!
The ladies at Elsabeth's business in Ethiopia hand-weave the beautiful scarves we just launched for Spring: the Shegaw Scarf, Aster Scarf, and Girma Scarf (all named in honor of one of the heroic women who work there).