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Ethiopian Textile Manufacturers Benefit from Global Winds of Change

Samson Sesete weaves a small bag at his loom in canada goose factory outlet Salem’s, a small scale Ethiopian manufacturer of scarves and bags. Credit: canada goose jacket outlet James Jeffrey/IPS

ADDIS ABABA, Mar cheap canada goose 26 2014 (IPS) The sign for Salem’s directs you off a busy road in Addis Ababa, buy canada goose jacket cheap down a cheap Canada Goose side street to a compound where multiple canada goose uk shop pairs of feet move up and down working treadles, and wooden shuttles flit back and forth, as Ethiopiansheumanoch weavers ply their trade.

Seated at their looms, most appear to cheap canada goose be making scarfs, the majority of which are sold on site in a colourful shop. But a small number of scarfs are destined for shores and canada goose outlet Canada Goose online uk stores far away from Ethiopia. Ethiopia currently has 60 garment factories and 15 textile mills in operation, as the country tries to position itself as the next source country for the world’s clothing industry.

Currently, increased international interest in Ethiopia’s centuries old textile industry is seeing https://www.outletcanadagoose.biz some of the world’s biggest companies investing in it.

At the same time this interest is affording small scale business like Salem’s, canadian goose jacket which employs 14 weavers, a chance to grow.

“It is a time of change, absolutely,” Salem Kassahun, the owner, tells IPS. “Now we canada goose outlet in usa make what our grandmothers wore but also what our daughters will wear and what the wider world wants.”

Last week she exported 700 scarfs to London based Rose Rose, which sells designer scarves and accessories. It was canada goose outlet toronto factory only the second shipment, but she hopes it will become a regular order.

Five years ago, there was little interest in Ethiopia’s textiles, Salem says, but during the last three years queries from overseas have increased steadily.

Larger domestic manufacturers appear to share her optimism.

More buyers are being attracted as a result canada goose outlet shop of increased international attention, Fassil Tadese, chief executive of MAA Garment and Textiles Factory, tells IPS.

Also, Fassil points out, manufacturers of auxiliary canada goose outlet new york city accessories and dyestuffs are coming, which is helping improve the local supply chain and access to materials.

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The collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh last April, canada goose outlet canada which killed more than 1,100 people, drew worldwide attention to the poor conditions of many Asian canada goose black friday sale factories.

At the same time, production costs in Asia are increasing, with salary increases easily outstripping inflation.

And election related violence in recent months has disrupted Bangladesh’s clothing industry, the second biggest after China. In addition, strikes by garment workers in Cambodia, another major supplier, have increased pressure on global firms.

Tesco, the world’s third largest retailer, recently announced it expects to source more clothes from Ethiopia.

Hennes Mauritz, popularly known as H the world’s second biggest fashion retailer, also said it sees good opportunities for producing clothing in Ethiopia and across sub Saharan Africa.

Ethiopia currently has 60 garment factories and 15 textile mills in operation, as the country tries to position itself as the next source country for the world’s clothing industry, according to Tadesse Haile, state minister for Industry.

Ethiopia’s new role as an awakening textile giant is helped by an abundance of cotton millions of hectares suitable for growing cotton remain untapped and labour, thanks to a population of about 90 million, with a large proportion under the canada goose outlet store uk age of 30.

That this influx of foreign companies might squeeze out local manufacturers is not Canada Goose Outlet a concern, Fassil says. The massive textile market means there is plenty of room.

Also, he says, competition spurs efficiency and technological upgrades: “Hence we welcome investments from all over the world.”

So as international companies try diversifying from relying on Asian sourcing H is one of the biggest buyers of garments from Bangladesh Ethiopia increasingly appears to be a beneficiary.

Tesco predicts that by 2014 and 2015 it will export about 1.5 to two million dollars of products from Ethiopia, increasing to about 11 million dollars by 2016 and 2017.

At the same time, foreign companies are particularly sensitive about the need canada goose outlet store for regulated canada goose outlet jackets growth and ethically sound practices, so that mistakes made elsewhere in the world are not repeated.