What’s new with Kal and Ayalkebet is that they have reconciled. Because Habesha gowns aren’t copyrighted, fakes are nonetheless permissible. Selamawit, who recently had six dresses custom-made for herself and her bridesmaids, believes there is a better way to receive high-end products for less money.
Customers, understandably, seek low prices, but sellers, designers, and others believe that counterfeits pose a threat to the industry. Despite the high rates charged by local providers, they feel that the high prices will increase the worth of the garments, which will benefit Ethiopia.
“These garments have a big international market.