“ WE AIM TO MAKE OUR PRODUCTS AS AN EXTENSION OF OUR USERS, AND NOT JUST AN ACCESSORY IN THEIR LIFE.“
Tibeb is the name given for traditional Ethiopian textile patterns that are hand woven by skilled people. It also translates to wisdom. We make leather goods that are influenced by Ethiopia’s rich history of craftsmanship. Incorporating the skills our ancestors used to weave history into the very fabric they wore. We value employing maximum effort into crafting leather products with exceptional technique. Having a background in Architectural studies has helped broaden our perspective and has enabled us to see the different techniques interlinked with creativity and design.
We aim to make our products as an extension of our users, and not just an accessory in their life. We strive to reintroduce the use of leather products to tailor made to the hustle and bustle of life today. Each product we make is fueled by the need to challenge the status quo, using business to instigate positive social and environmental change. Making stunning products just happens to be how we do it!
Being a creative in Ethiopia in and of itself is a struggle. Convincing people that there is more to life than the daily grind has been a challenge. People need to understand you creative designs before they are able to use them and so introducing a different outlook on leather products has been something that we needed to intricately mold in order to craft it to the lives of those we aim to serve.
HOPES AND DREAMS
We buy our raw materials from local markets to support the local economy and we are working with local NGOs to train low income families to make products and create job opportunities. We would like to take this to the next level and create a self-funding system where the community can run these programs which will enable a working mother and young women within the society to create their own path in the local economic market by giving them the training and tools they require to stand on their own two feet.
Our designs are practical because they are derived from practical everyday use. We take something as simple as a notebook and turn it into a unique piece of art that you will always be able to utilize. We always strive for products that won’t just be another piece you keep stored away but as a craft that will have history and a story to tell in time as you use it. As long as the people know you are producing quality material they are willing to spend their money on products, even more so when they see a connection with their past heritage in these products.
Our income comes from selling these products at our shop and partner stores both local and international. We design bespoke corporate gifts. Many of our products can be customized with logo or text, or anything else you can dream up to let your team know they are appreciated, mark a special occasion, or move a business relationship forward. We can meet the needs of any organization, from small businesses to big global brand.