After five years at ABURY – living and working in many different countries, with designers from various backgrounds, in craft communities with unique cultural heritage – we encountered many amazing people and breathtaking stories. On our journey we also encountered the biggest disaster in fast fashion history: Rana Plaza. It reminded us all that we cannot look away and that it is important to ask where our products have been made, by whom, and under which circumstances. We learned from you, our friends and customers, that you share the curiosity and will to embrace the rare and irregular, looking for the soul in a product. You want to know the stories behind the products in a transparent way.
This is why we created One of a Mind – our blog to celebrate the beauty and diversity of crafts, culture and people:
We create “one of a kind” stories with an “of one mind” attitude.
We zoom in, we zoom out. The value of a product goes beyond its design and tells about its culture. Come on a journey to Touching Places, learn about foreign cuisines in Scenting Flavours or listen to a culture’s melodies in Catching Sounds & Art and learn about Beauty around the world.Every selected piece has its story. From sourcing the perfect garment to its last stitch. Catch a glimpse Behind the Seams to learn about the materials and techniques and see our products in blogger action in our ABURY Looks.There are humans behind every piece who define and shape its identity. Connect with our Handmade Heroes and explore inspiring ideas by reading about Beautiful Business.
We wish you a beautiful journey.
Behind the Seams
Posted on April 24 2019
In this Behind the Seams post, the Designer Ruth Hepburn relates the amazing story of the creation and conception of the XL Hobo Shopper Bag in collaboration with the Sabahar artisans in Ethiopia. Have a look!
Posted on April 16 2019
The Canadian designer Ruth Hepburn Winner of the 3rd ABURY Design experience describes her passion for creating handmade pieces and her point of view on intercultural exchange with Ethiopian handcrafters.
Posted on February 28 2018
ABURY founder Andrea Bury travelled in Ethiopia to meet the local weavers. She encountered friendly people and wonderful landscapes, but was also confronted with stories of personal hardship and poverty.
Posted on February 20 2018
Xiomara Bender is a photographer known for her amazing visual language. Her authentic approach to documenting people around the world made Xiomara Bender the perfect photographer for this third PortrAid series.
Posted on November 03 2017
The idea of adornment holds different meanings in various cultures.Exploring the ideas of beauty and adornment in Ethiopia with the tribes of Omo valley and understanding the different techniques used.
Behind the Seams
Posted on October 30 2017
An interesting tale about the birth of Ethiopian Silk with the Sabahar fair-trade company and the process involved in creating this unique variety of silk from worms to fiber, in a cotton producing land.
Posted on October 26 2017
Ruth Hepburn Abury's Adex winner explores the local culture through food and brings us this authentic, delicious everyday Ethiopian Injera Qey Misir Wot Recipe- an amazing Ethiopian kind of crepes.
Posted on October 03 2017
Ethiopian Damask roses are magical beauty ingredients and are great for rose oil production: Dr. Hauschka does it fair trade and organically to be able to create natural and respectful products for your skin.
Posted on September 27 2017
The Canadian Designer Ruth Hepburn, ABURY Design Experience Winner 2017, shares her first impressions of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Interesting thoughts about rain, coffee, donkeys and iron housing!
Posted on September 21 2017
In this article get to know the two Ethiopian coffee experts and women entrepreneurs Sali and Sara Nuru from NuruCoffee through the exploration of the Ethiopian culture, tastes, and topics of women empowerment.