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Title: WOMEN'S CRAFT GUILDS AND THE TRADITIONAL BASKETRY (GE MOT) OF HARAR, ETHIOPIA
Authors: ASANTE, Belle
Keywords: Harar
Ethiopia
Basketry
Women's craft guilds.
Issue Date: Mar-2005
Publisher: The Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University
Journal title: African study monographs. Supplementary issue.
Volume: 29
Start page: 61
End page: 72
Abstract: Traditional Harari basketry (ge mot) continues to be a highly praised craft within the Harari ethnic group. However, between the mid-1970s and the mid-1990s, a sharp decline in weaving among the younger generation of women became apparent to outside researchers, NGOs and the Harari alike. Moreover, the production of several ge mot styles seems to have been significantly reduced in those waning years of craft production. By the late 1990s, there was an attempt to preserve the material culture of the Harari people, and also provide a forum for groups of Harari women to gain greater economic self-reliance through craft work. The three women's weavers associations that were established within the old walled city of Harar at that time are still functioning. These fairly recently formed Harari women's craft guilds have yet to be effectively documented, yet their contributions to the preservation of the Harari way of life may be profound. After an introduction to ge mot, its functions, styles and indicators of a decline in production, this paper will highlight some organizational differences, challenges, and successes of the three Harari women weaver's guilds.
DOI: 10.14989/68444
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2433/68444
Appears in Collections:29 (Environment, Livelihood and Local Praxis in Asia and Africa)

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