The traditional Ethiopian clothing is white with a touch of color at the bottom. This color is usually attained by weaving with imported, synthetic fibers. With the import of acrylic, Ethiopia lost its culture of using dye to tint its fabrics.


Sabahar uses local flowers and plants to naturally dye its’ silk products. Marigolds (pictured left) turn silk orange and coffee (pictured right) turns silk a rich beige.

Sabahar is working to rekindle the tradition of natural dye in Ethiopia. We experiment with the flowers, leaves, bark, roots and insects around us to create subtle colors for our silks. We use a variety of Ethiopian natural dyes such as coffee, onion skin, tea, safflower, marigold, and cochineal. We also import natural dyes such as indigo and log wood.



All the thread is dyed at our workshop in small batches.

We use environmentally friendly dyes to tint our cotton products. This enables the customer to wash the products in the washing machine using conventional soaps. The dyes are all AZO free and REACH certified.

All the dyeing is done at the Sabahar workshop. We only do small batches of thread at a time. In 2016, we are upgrading our dye department with state-of-the-art technology and techniques to enable higher quality and more efficient dyeing of yarns and products. Because of our commitment to environmental protection, we are also developing a water recycling and purification system.