Meet Bolé Road TextilesAmplify
This month as a part of our Amplify series I’m excited to share with you guys Bolé Road Textiles. They’ve been such an interiors inspiration to me, and I’ve added a few pieces to my own home. Each piece is uniquely crafted and tells a beautiful story.
Founded by Brooklyn based designer Hana Getachew, the textiles are inspired by her desire to integrate Ethiopian patterns and fabrics into her career as an interior designer. She begins her design process with a concept drawing based on the landscape of Ethiopia and uses this as a template to sketch ideas for patterns. Once she lands on a signature sketch, she builds the collection and re-creates the designs digitally before sending to Ethiopia for an artisan to hand weave. From pillows to throws, to bathmats and table settings, everything from Bolé Road Textile is handwoven by an artisan in Ethiopia.
“I took two of the most important trips of my life on Bolé Road”
“I was born in Addis Ababa, the vibrant and sprawling capital of Ethiopia. In contrast to the fast paced crowds of the city, my family’s home was in a beautiful and quaint neighborhood called Bole (pronounced boh-lay). The area’s main thoroughfare is Bolé Road. It’s lined with shops, fruit stalls and cafes with taxis and cars whizzing by, to and from the city’s main airport. I took two of the most important trips of my life on Bolé Road. The first came when I was only three years old, when my family and I immigrated to North America. The second came eighteen years later when I made my first trip back.”
“I chose the name Bolé Road Textiles as an ode to those journeys and my love of home, a place that always embraces and inspires me.”
“That journey back was a pivotal one. I knew I wanted to be more connected to Ethiopia. I wanted to be more involved in the lives of its people and to contribute to its development. I also wanted to harness the overwhelming beauty and power of my first homecoming. As the years passed, I decided the best way to do that was by sharing the traditions and culture of my heritage with others.
I chose the name Bolé Road Textiles as an ode to those journeys and my love of home, a place that always embraces and inspires me.”