My Complicated Feelings Toward Traditional Ethiopian Wear

Habesha kemis is a part of my culture, but my identity should reflect all of my diasporic self

Illustration: Nirit Takele

Even when they were interested in my background, I only wanted to distance myself from it. So that habesha kemis, along with everything else connected to my heritage, went into a deep freeze.

Rebecca Fisseha’s writings explore the Ethiopian diaspora. Her debut novel, Daughters of Silence, is out now from Goose Lane Editions.

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