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Three pieces (parts a-c) of finely woven, gauze cotton of different lengths and widths. Each piece has panels of embroidery in white and green, with diamond-shaped and floral motifs in yellow, pink, blue and red. Part ‘a’ is very long and thin, with an embroidered panel at each end and two near midpoint. Part ‘b’ is shorter and wider, made of two pieces of white cotton delicately sewn together in a long centre seam. Panels at each end. Part ‘c’ is the smallest and roughly square, with a single panel at one end.

History Of Use

Netela scarf, or shawl, for wrapping around the upper body. The cloth is traditionally woven by men; worn mainly by women, with a matching dress. Different religious and ethnic groups wear the netela differently. Amongst Ethiopian Orthodox Christians, the netela is worn as everyday wear as well as at church, on public holidays, at weddings and funerals. Muslim Ethiopians wear the netela only at weddings and funerals. Different folding and wrapping techniques indicate which occasion is being observed.

Specific Techniques

Like other Ethiopian shawls, the netela has historically been woven on a horizontal pit loom, usually by two male weavers at once. The colourful weft borders and embroidery are known as tibeb.

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