The Next Shirt You Buy May Say ‘Made In Ethiopia.’ Here’s Why

People working on the assembly line in April 2012 at Huajian shoe factory in Dukem, Ethiopia (photo: Jenny Vaughan/AFP/Getty Images) -
By Nathan Siegel, NPR People working on the assembly line in April 2012 at Huajian shoe factory in Dukem, Ethiopia (photo: Jenny Vaughan/AFP/Getty Images) - “Made in China” may be leaving your wardrobe. As labor costs in the “world’s factory” continue to rise dramatically, global fashion brands are looking elsewhere to source apparel. In addition to established hubs like...

Ethiopia earns $75 million from textile export in first eight months

Ethiopia Textile
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute disclosed Thursday that it has enjoyed an encouraging response from the export performance of the textile sector after amassing USD 75.28 million in the first eight months of the fiscal year from the international market. According to the institute, this year’s export performance surged by USD 9.9 million (15.1...

Ethiopian Designer ready to fly

Ethiopian designer Fikirte Addis “feels like she is ready to fly.” A one-time child psychologist with a passion for design, Addis took a risk in 2009 by launching her own brand. Since that time, she has won the Origin Africa Fiber to Fashion Designer Showcase in Mauritius, has received standing ovations in New York and has joined the ethical fashion scene in Paris. In the...

Ethiopia earns $70.8 million from textiles

Ethiopian Textile
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Textile exports brought in almost USD 71 million during the last ten months. That’s almost 50pct better than last year but short of the USD 136.3 Million they hope. As expected, value added finished products like garments and woven crafts have been selling more, 75.1 percent and 5.2 percent respectively. Textile fabrics were 10.7 percent and yarn at just...

Institute confident to achieve a billion dollar textile export

Ethiopia Textile export
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (WIC) – Ethiopian Textile Industry Development Institute (ETIDI) is confident that the country would achieve a one billion dollar textile export by the end of the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) period. Ethiopia secured close to 44 million dollars in the first six months of the budget year from export of textile and textile products. This is a record 110 percent...