Sabahar is an Ethiopian company that produces uniquely designed, hand made cotton and silk textiles. In addition to scarves and shawls, they make table linens, cushions, throws and towels. Sabahar's products are entirely hand made in Ethiopia from natural fibers.
Kathy Marshall, a Canadian by birth but a twenty-year veteran of Ethiopia, founded Sabahar in 2004 and still works as its General Manager. Her passion for preserving and celebrating the rich weaving tradition of Ethiopia combined with her desire to create respectful and ethical work opportunities for marginalized people have laid the foundation for the company.
Sabahar is guided by three core values
- Sustainability: They support and train artisans to apply their ancient skills to modern, fresh designs. By providing the bridge between the artisan and the global market, they provide reliable income for families.
- Innovation: Weaving is an ancient craft in Ethiopia but silk was only introduced to Ethiopia about 15 years ago. They adopt traditional technologies to new fibers and products, remaining loyal to tradition while adjusting to contemporary tastes of the world market.
- Caring for each other: Sabahar's products are made with care by people they care about. They create positive work opportunities in Ethiopia, with an emphasis on employment for women and are members of the World Fair Trade Organization.