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Abai Schulze, founder of a new generation artisan enterprise taking Ethiopia's luxury leather craft heritage to the world

The world’s fashion conscious buyers are increasingly interested in knowing where the luxury goods they purchase are made, and by whom. For entrepreneur Abai Schulze, founder of growing brand ZAAF, her company’s strong backstory and ethos is resonating with these buyers, who are rapidly becoming fans and brand ambassadors with each purchase they make.

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More Fun Facts About Ethiopia

The country has been at peace for more than 15 years and its economy is one of the fastest growing in the world. Add to this a staggering diversity of landscapes, kaleidoscope of cultures and history that tracks back to when our species first raised itself up onto two legs and suddenly you’ve got one very surprising travel destination.

. Ethiopia is the second most-populous country in Africa, with a population of over 90 million people by 2015. It is second to Nigeria, which had a population of over 174 million people by 2013.

. Allegedly, the Ark of the Covenant that holds the 10 Commandments is in a church in this country. However, only one man knows how true this is, and he is the only one who guards it.

. About 70% of the mountains of Africa are in this country.

. Lake Tana in this country, supplies the Blue Nile River, which feeds the White Nile River before joining the Great Nile River.

. This country has been mentioned severally in the Bible and the Quran.

. Ethiopia has the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa. The nine sites are Aksum, Fasil Ghebbi, Harar, Konso Cultural Landscape, Lower Valley of the Awash, Lower Valley of the Omo, Rock-Hewn Churches, Simien National Park and Tiya.

. The Ethiopian Calendar has 13 months and it is 7 ½ years behind the Gregorian calendar. New Year in Ethiopia starts on 11th September and a day later in a leap year.

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Here Are Some 8 Interesting Facts About Ethiopia You May Not Know

The country has been at peace for more than 15 years and its economy is one of the fastest growing in the world. Add to this a staggering diversity of landscapes, kaleidoscope of cultures and history that tracks back to when our species first raised itself up onto two legs and suddenly you’ve got one very surprising travel destination.

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1. Ethiopian cooking is some of the tastiest, healthiest and most diverse cuisine on the continent. And, unlike many African countries, it’s a haven for vegetarians. The simple reason for this is that most Ethiopians follow a particular strand of Orthodox Christianity that prohibits the eating of any animal products on Wednesdays and Fridays. And the happy by-product of this for herbivores is that restaurants tend to always have a few deliciously spicy vegan stews on the menu (it also means that when you say that you don’t eat meat they’ll actually understand the idea, instead of replacing the beef you requested be left off your pizza with, say, chicken).

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How the Fashion Industry Is Embracing "Made in Ethiopia"

By Homa Mulisa

While Ethiopia eyes a 30 billion dollar annual export revenue from textile and apparel, aiming to leapfrog top exporters like that of Vietnam and Bangladesh in less than a decade, there is a promising sign that the global fashion industry is embracing "Made in Ethiopia" at an exciting pace, sector stakeholders believe. The competitiveness of the fashion industry is shaped by a number of factors. The industry has a three trillion dollar annual sale value worldwide. At the same time, it is also a highly competitive industry in the global market. Currently, global apparel giants like PVH, H&M, Vanity Fair, Zara, among others, are taking part in revolutionizing Ethiopia's textile and apparel business.

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