While en route to the shop one of the women in the program owns, we saw a group of about 10 men sitting in what appeared to be an embroidery circle. This was quite unexpected for us! We assumed that the needlework on these women's garment pieces would have been completed by the women that sell them and that men would never be engaged in such a task. The men were creating magnificently designed and executed Coptic crosses onto the center front panels of the dresses. The Coptic cross is an extremely popular and significant religious symbol in Christian Ethiopian culture.
Leslie + Team Tirzah