Many women spin raw cotton into thread in their homes. They buy the raw cotton from the market, separate the seed from the fiber and then spin it on a drop spindle into beautifully soft thread. They then sell the ‘cones’ of cotton thread.

The skill of hand spinning is passed down from mother to daughter and most rural women spin at their homes for extra income. Honoring this tradition, Sabahar purchases hand spun cotton thread from a network of women throughout Addis Ababa. We also have women who spin as a paid, full-time job in our workshop. As most spinning is done during free time, it is a way to support women with supplemental income.

The beauty of handspun thread is a rare commodity in our quickly changing world of mechanized textile factories. Hand spun cotton is very textured and soft and ensures each product is unique.

Spinning is a craft passed down from mother to daughter in Ethiopia. Sabahar uses those skills to spin cotton and silk into beautifully uneven, imperfect thread.