Hi there, I am Jerie, lovely to see you here. I am the Creative Director & Designer of ACQUAMOUR HABESHA BRIDAL COUTURE. As a couture brand at Acquamour I focuses on Habesha Bridal and Habesha Historical Wedding attire that are made from hand woven organic cotton. Natural fibers like Linen and Silk are also my favorite materials to work with.
The cultural Habesha wedding garments start from the fields of cotton farms. preparation, separation, spinning, and hand weaving. It is also common to wear velvet Kaba with goldwork embroidery called Mukash on top of your Kuta or Kemise.
Habesha Libs is amazing to work with. The delicate Habesha fabrics that are woven on hand operated Looms are soft,breathable and comfortably glides on your skin. The woven fabrics are known as:- Menen, Fetill, Zir Zir, Etirtir, Double Woven Menen, Pece, Netela,Gabi and Debella , though Debella is woven on mechanized Loom.
Traditionally all these materials are woven white and in most parts different colours of borders are added depending on the intended purpose, either Kemis or Gabi or other use. Zirzir and Fetil are woven plain white with crinkled effects and hand embroidered for decorative purposes.
These traditionally made dresses are worn for Special Occasions, Weddings, Holidays, and Sundays Bests. All these events call for beautifully crafted garments worthy of the occasion. It is inspiring to work with habesha libs, the delicate fabrics and the beautifully woven borders known as Tilet or Tibeb gets my creativity going.
Understanding these fabrics is vital. Knowing your client’s needs as well as wants and carefully and skillfully crafting a garment for their particular body shape, requires you to take accurate body measurements.
Accurate and bespoke fit to your client’s unique body is no accident, it is a deliberate effort on your part and in need of , employing basic couture sewing techniques skillfully.
Time and exquisite craftsmanship is needed to achieve proportion, balance, color, texture, beauty, strength, innovation, flawless ,functional design, cut & fit of each garment.
So how do we turn these exquisite traditional materials into modern bridal outfits like Vello and kaba, kemise and Kuta? My next blog will look into that, stay tuned.