The Ethiopian traditional costume (mostly in northern Ethiopia), is made of woven cotton. Ethiopian men and women wear this traditional costume called gabbi or Netella. Women often wear dresses (Kemis) and netella with borders of coloured embroidered woven crosses, but other designs are also used.
Ethiopian government has identified textile as a key industry to the development of industrialization as well as the exploitation of local resources. Most of the textile products particularly garments consumed in Ethiopia are imported. Knitting is the most common method of textile processes producing tights, socks, sweaters, t-shirts etc. Socks are the widely consumed and frequently changed products.
USAID administrators from The Ethiopia Mission and the Washington-based Bureau for Food Security