The famed Ethiopian coffee ritual is an experience for all the senses. Conversation flowing, the aroma and sound of the roasting beans, the wafting of burning incense, passing tiny cups full of the precious liquid while being careful not to spill any of it, and that first sip that erases all fatigue and worries. This ritual is a visceral experience. It offers a window to slow down and find sweetness in everyday life and magic in familiar moments.
A simple invitation of 'buna enteta' (let's have coffee), can mean a candid conversation over a humble cup of coffee or a big feast complete with music and dancing. Rituals can last for hours as the buna is roasted, ground, brewed, and drunk. It is an essential safe place for the young and the old to meet, where topics such as politics, community, and gossip are discussed.
This design is inspired by the magic that happens when people gather over coffee. We reimagined the beautifully adorned hand as a cross between a traditional Ethiopian tattoo and intricate henna designs.
What is this design making you think of or remember? For me, it's bringing back memories of my great-grandmother with her elaborate tattoo and her keen sense of style. If you are new to all of this, please consider this your invitation to immerse yourself in all this magic at home.
This t-shirt is soft and lightweight, with the right amount of stretch. It's comfortable and flattering for both men and women.
• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (Heather colors contain polyester)
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping