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If you can dream it you can do it …

is a quote by the famous Walt Disney. The young designer Mahlet Afework or “Mafi” from Ethiopia proves this saying to be true. I met Mafi in Berlin and she told me that she wanted to be an artist and designer for as long as she can think. Growing up in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia without parents this was very unlikely.

Mafi took every chance to be creative. In school she altered the plain school uniforms by sewing zippers into the side of the skirts, so that they could be opened into slits. Other girls adopted this style and it soon became a trend in her school. The nuns who ran the school were of course not to pleased…

Mafi also always liked music and recorded a CD while she still was at school. One of her songs was played by a national radio station and Mafi became a well known Hip-Hop artist in Ehtiopia. This success made it possible for her, to create her fashion label which is also called “Mafi”. Since it’s launch in 2010 Mafi’s collection has won several international awards. For its ethical clothing and production methods. All fabrics are hand-woven. Mafi supports female weavers who are often marginalized because the weaving-community in Ethiopia is dominated by men.

Mafi participated in the New York and Berlin Fashion Week and her collection is distributed in Africa and Europe. Mafi’s story is a GLOBAL STORY.


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