Working with Artisans at Limalimo Lodge

May 05, 2015

With the Addis Ababa Artisans Bazaar rapidly approaching (9-10 May) it got those of us in HQ thinking about the importance of artisans within Limalimo’s construction.

We have always intended, from day one, to source as much as we can within Ethiopia, be it building materials or soft furnishings. Whilst this can sometimes take longer and cost more, we feel it is not only the right thing to do, but the best way to show our visitors the very best of Ethiopia, and what fine craftsmanship is available within the country.

It also ensures our impact is positively affecting as many people as possible, from builders to carpenters, weavers to farmers. As we see it, 90% of the build is community engagement, with precision items by Ethiopian artisans making up the remaining 10%.

Admittedly, there will be some things we don’t manage to find in country, but we’re incredibly proud of the things we have found, which include:

Ploughshare Women’s Crafts Training centre, a women’s cooperative in the village of Wolleka (Fallasha village) just outside of Gondar that are handmaking these beautiful sinks for the bathrooms. We think they’re rather special! The centre supports disadvantaged women, developing their pottery skills which they can then take back to their villages.



Patec, who specialises in precision woodwork – he’s handcrafting the window frames and wooden furniture.



Sabahar, who make beautiful materials from hand weaving silk and cotton and are a member of the World Fair Trade Organisation. We have  commissioned them to make our duvet covers, cushion covers and other soft furnishings.


As well as these items furnishing the lodges, we’ll be showcasing some of Ethiopia’s finest handcrafts in our on-site shop for visitors to buy. We’re excited to be having conversations with:

Zaaf Collection, who make beautiful leather bags in Addis Ababa. To date they’ve only been exporting, but now they have a showroom within Ethiopia, we’re joining the queue to stock some of their purses and bags.

Keteme, who work with a selection of carefully selected hi-end artisans, to provide a collection of one-of-a-kind designs handcrafted in Ethiopia…we can’t wait to see what beautiful items we can stock!

Please get in touch if you think you have something we should be stocking:

We’re going to have a stand at the Artisans Bazaar in Addis Ababa, where we’ll be showcasing some beautiful photos of the Simiens and offering visitors the chance to send a Simien postcard home via our exciting new postbox (handcrafted by Lucas, our Chief Investment Officer!).

Please pop by our stand and say hi if you’re going to be there.

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