Costumes to some extent reflect the climates where the different groups live - highlanders, for instance, -use heavy cloth capes and wraparound blankets to combat the night chill.
In the heat of the lowland plains, light cotton cloths are all that is required by men and women alike.
The traditional dress of the Christian highland peasantry has traditionally been of white cotton cloth.
Since the time of Emperor Tewodros 11 (mid-1800s), men have worn long, jodhpur-like trousers, a tight-fitting shirt and a shamma (loose wrap).
Above all things, it is a country of great antiquity, with a culture and traditions dating back more than 3,000 years.
The traveler in Ethiopia makes a journey through time, transported by beautiful monuments and the ruins of edifices built long centuries ago.
Traditional dress, though often now supplanted by Western attire, may still be seen throughout much of the countryside.
love dancing, singing and do some writing - for example, the verses.
have no rights to the financial savings that are common, or even her own.
While she is married, all financial matters are remained for a man.
The most southerly of the Semitic speakers, the Gurage, are also farmers and herders, but many are also craftsmen.
The Gurage grow enset, 'false banana', whose root, stem and leaf stalks provide a carbohydrate which, after lengthy preparation, can be made into porridge or unleavened bread.