While you may not have known it (I certainly didn’t) leather is a big deal in Ethiopia. There is a lot of variety to the industry. Finished goods like handbags, shoes, gloves and belts take up a large portion of the export market but rawhide export is on the rise, thanks to new laws.
I’ve started a long term project on the leather industry here, from cow to product, and have some fun ideas for how to present it (so I can’t share too many images or details just yet). But here is a sampling of my time photographing Chiban Leather at their facility and store in Addis Ababa. Big thanks to Eden Gelan, founder of Chiban, for allowing me to stop by.