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The habesha kemis is the traditional clothing of women in Ethiopia. This ankle length, chiffon-made, snow white dress is usually worn at formal events.

 To classify Ethiopia's national costume into one easily identifiable variety is a daunting task. There are of course the well known snow white outfits that have been commonly associated with Ethiopia's national identity but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Each tribe or ethnic group that resides within Ethiopia's borders has its own styles and varieties. Ethiopia is a large country with a wide range of climates and landscapes. This, in itself, is a cause for the differences in attire among the diverse peoples of the country.

For example, people who reside in the lowlands opt for lighter weight clothing because of the heat, while their neighbors in the highlands prefer heavier clothing due to the colder weather.

 .The all white outfit, can be considered as the Ethiopian national costume, due to it's wide spread use and general acceptance but one has to take into account that there are a multitude of striking variations. For example, the women of Harar adorn themselves in purple, red, and black dresses, while the Oromo peoples of Bale prefer leather garments and the Afaris choose to wear brightly colored wraps made of cotton.

 Even with all this variety, the difference in the clothing design or color is not what sets them apart for identification. As a matter of fact, it is the hairstyles, jewelry, and embroidery patterns that helps in differentiating the various tribes and ethnic groups.

For example, the women of Amhara and Tigray tend to use lots of braids when doing their hair, while Harari women use buns behind their ears, etc.

The embroidery patterns vary on a massive scale from tribe to tribe, from ethnic group to ethnic group. This would be a great topic of interest for cultural tourists as well as for the many diverse Ethiopians themselves.

 

Ethiopia’s government has explained that privatisation of the national airline and state telecommunications company is being done to ease the shortage of foreign currency. Ethiopia announced last week plans to open its state-run telecoms monopoly and state-owned Ethiopian Airlines to private domestic and foreign investment. In an exclusive interview with state broadcaster, Fana BC, Dr. Yinager Desie, Commissioner of the Ethiopian National Planning Commission said lower export performance, failure of mega projects to commence production, high demand for imported goods and growing external debt burden have worsened the shortage of foreign currency. displayAdvert("mpu_3") Ethiopia requires more than $13 billion over the coming two years for oil importation, private investment, upgrading of existing projects and for repayment of external debt. South African telecommunications firms MTN Group and Vodacom Group have already expressed interest in taking up investment options in Ethiopia’s telecom sector as soon as it opens up. Desie says the privatised enterprises would generate large amount of foreign currencies to tackle shortage. The commission will therefore give priority to foreign companies in privatising the enterprises as government’s decision is targeted obtaining foreign currency. " />
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The habesha kemis is the traditional clothing of women in Ethiopia. This ankle length, chiffon-made, snow white dress is usually worn at formal events.

 To classify Ethiopia's national costume into one easily identifiable variety is a daunting task. There are of course the well known snow white outfits that have been commonly associated with Ethiopia's national identity but this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Each tribe or ethnic group that resides within Ethiopia's borders has its own styles and varieties. Ethiopia is a large country with a wide range of climates and landscapes. This, in itself, is a cause for the differences in attire among the diverse peoples of the country.

For example, people who reside in the lowlands opt for lighter weight clothing because of the heat, while their neighbors in the highlands prefer heavier clothing due to the colder weather.

 .The all white outfit, can be considered as the Ethiopian national costume, due to it's wide spread use and general acceptance but one has to take into account that there are a multitude of striking variations. For example, the women of Harar adorn themselves in purple, red, and black dresses, while the Oromo peoples of Bale prefer leather garments and the Afaris choose to wear brightly colored wraps made of cotton.

 Even with all this variety, the difference in the clothing design or color is not what sets them apart for identification. As a matter of fact, it is the hairstyles, jewelry, and embroidery patterns that helps in differentiating the various tribes and ethnic groups.

For example, the women of Amhara and Tigray tend to use lots of braids when doing their hair, while Harari women use buns behind their ears, etc.

The embroidery patterns vary on a massive scale from tribe to tribe, from ethnic group to ethnic group. This would be a great topic of interest for cultural tourists as well as for the many diverse Ethiopians themselves.

 

Ethiopia’s government has explained that privatisation of the national airline and state telecommunications company is being done to ease the shortage of foreign currency. Ethiopia announced last week plans to open its state-run telecoms monopoly and state-owned Ethiopian Airlines to private domestic and foreign investment. In an exclusive interview with state broadcaster, Fana BC, Dr. Yinager Desie, Commissioner of the Ethiopian National Planning Commission said lower export performance, failure of mega projects to commence production, high demand for imported goods and growing external debt burden have worsened the shortage of foreign currency. displayAdvert("mpu_3") Ethiopia requires more than $13 billion over the coming two years for oil importation, private investment, upgrading of existing projects and for repayment of external debt. South African telecommunications firms MTN Group and Vodacom Group have already expressed interest in taking up investment options in Ethiopia’s telecom sector as soon as it opens up. Desie says the privatised enterprises would generate large amount of foreign currencies to tackle shortage. The commission will therefore give priority to foreign companies in privatising the enterprises as government’s decision is targeted obtaining foreign currency.

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