Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Inspired by Africa


Some days ago I blogged about the etnic roots of my eldest. But we do have some other genes in the house. Our second daughter Meron is from Ethiopean origin.
Unluckily we don't know anything about her parents or family. That s a hard nut to crack for her. You really can't imagine how one feels knowing nothing, but just nothing about her roots.

She has been found as an orphan in Jimma, Ethiopea and there, most of the people are Oromo,
she has indeed the Oromo physical features.
The Oromo represent one of the largest Cushitic-speaking groups inhabiting the Horn of Africa. Their physical features, culture, language and other evidences unequivocally point to the fact that they are indigenous to this part of Africa.
The Oromo people are the largest ethnic grouping in Ethiopia. About 95% are settled agriculturalists and nomadic pastoralists, practising archaic farming methods and living at subsistence level. A few live in the urban centres. They are dominated by the minority tribal group, the Amhara, who have controlled the country almost continually for the past 100 years.
Find more about the Oromo people in Ethiopea here.

So I found some beautiful pictures from Ethiopean Oromo women and girls adorned with the most beautiful clothes and jewelry. I let me inspire by the colors and materials and made this long copper necklace and a pair of earrings. Both are available in my shop.

14 comments:

Elisa said...

Your daughter is just beautiful! I followed your link about the Oromo people in Ethiopia and I learned so many things new things about that region and their language. Thanks for sharing your life.

St├ęphanie Kilgast said...

You daughter is so cute! I'm sure she will be dazzling when growing up :)
I love all your children, it's so wonderful to have such different ethnic roots in one family :)
You must me a very loving and great mother :)

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

What a beautiful girl! You are so lucky to have children of such interesting and different backgrounds--and such good-looking kids! They all look like one wonderful family :-) And your jewelry is beautiful, too!

Unni Strand said...

Your two ethnic inspiration post have been so great and interesting! And the jewelry equally lovely! Say hello to your adorable daughters (3?) from me!

Saskia said...

Wat een prachtige familie heb je!!

Saskia :)

ZenaZBlog said...

Love the way you make your blog posts!

beck said...

What a beautiful and interesting post. Your daughter is so lovely and I feel for her in regards to wanting to know about her past and where she comes from. What an amazing culture she comes xoxo

LeelaBijou said...

What a beautiful daughter you have! You are lucky for having such a wonderful family :)

X by Leina Neima said...

She is so lovely and has such a greta and warm family - I really admire your big generous heart!!!

vadjutka said...

She is so cute!
And this post was very informative, and the Africa inspired jewelry is just lovely! I always admired African (dont know which tribes) women for their amazing jewelry, usage of metals and natural elements like branches, raw minerals in their jewelry.

ira said...

very touchy story fleur!

Rita from alatvian.etsy.com said...

What an gripping story!

Dina Fragola said...

How sweet! Thank you for sharing :)

karuski said...

It must be a challenging situation with her but I'm sure it will turn out just fine. It is wonderful she has you and your family now!

-minna