Dorze is situated in the mountain peaks 3000m above sea level. It is a gorgeous region with a population of about 38,000.


My local guide Mekannen was a gem. A true ‘Rasta-man’ – all about peace, one love & r-e-s-p-e-c-t.

mekkonnan mekkonnan

Dorze is famous for their weaving. Clothes, fences, food, houses, blankets – almost everything you see is woven. They combine banana leaves & bamboo for strength & sustainability. They are known for their elephant shaped dome houses especially. They live together with their animals. This house is about 10 years old and the one bellow is 95. The termites eat from the bottom of the home and the dwelling descends slowly over the years.

woven dorze home
dorze house inside the dorze home
bamboo tree

Dorze girl

Leopard skin

After a few shots of the local schnapps I was shown the Doze traditional costume. Mekannen
suggested that i try it on. How could I refuse a costume? Especially when it included a leopard skin! Apologies to Amira & Kim.
dorze traditional dress

old women in dorze

This woman was the local bee keeper. She said she had been bitten a few times in her life but it was all worth it for the fresh sweet honey.

bee keeper in dorze village

local guidedorze house


market tobacco smile sisters school girl b&w beauty

Dorze people seemed as if they were the happiest people on earth.

what a smile

Dave and I doing a traditional Ethiopian lunch. Injera and meat. Injera is a made from Teff – a super grain. It is mixed with water, fermented for at least 3 days before being heated like a pancake on a pan.

traditional food

injera lunch

A combination of the altitude, local schnapps & honey wine sent me sideways. We had a ball stumbling through the markets then visiting the local pub for a bit of a boogie and a taste (or two) of the local honey wine. There is a traditional custom of drinking out of the same jar together with friends. Talk about sharing the moment.


honey wine

local bar

dorze dancing

bamboo plantation

little girl

dorze girldivine angel glasses 2 glasses4 farenji baboon student dorze play


9 thoughts on “People of Dorze

  1. brilliant!! love it!! you are amazing

    Yours sincerely,

    Ian Fayman


    >________________________________ > From: New Flower Ethiopia >To: ianfayman@yahoo.com.au >Sent: Tuesday, 12 February 2013 3:55 PM >Subject: [New post] People of Dorze > > WordPress.com >cynthiafayman posted: “Dorze is situated in the mountain peaks 3000m above sea level. It is a gorgeous region with a population of about 38,000. My local guide Mekkonan was a gem. A true ‘Rasta-man’ – all about peace, one love & r-e-s-p-e-c-t. Dorze is famous” >

    • Gosh Annette,
      What an honour coming from an author like yourself.
      I must confess, I’m not a professional at all. I suppose I just really enjoy taking photos and writing about my experiences.
      Again, thank you so much for your kind words. I haven’t written another blog in such a long time, and I think you have just inspired me to continue documenting my phenomenal experience here in this magical country we call Ethiopia. SO THANK YOU!
      I will be sure to look up your book.

      Oh and another thing, I was down South earlier last month and I met a German man who was sitting quietly looking relatively upset. I approached him as you do when you see a sad face and after some lighthearted conversation he started explaining the reason for his frown. A year earlier he came to Ethiopia, his father (who was on his death bed at the time) had made his only son promise that he sell his estate and spend the funds in a 3rd world country.
      After his fathers death, he came to Ethiopia in the hope to make an impact on his fathers behalf. He visited a secluded village that had no source of water within a 12km radius. So he decided it would be perfect to dig a well for the villages. It cost him almost all of his fathers funds and he felt over the moon to know that he had done something amazing in his father’s name. Not to mention the villages rejoicing in their new clean water source!
      Now, I met him as he had returned to Ethiopia after a year since the well was constructed. He came only to find the well had been completely damaged to the point where it was irreparable. Rocks and stones and mud and been thrown in until the brim. He was absolutely devastated – as you could only imagine. He later found that the women of the village were responsible and that their daily walk of a 1/2 marathon was their livelihood. It was where they met their new friends and husbands. It was their life and the well destroyed that unfortunately.
      It was a difficult lesson for the poor German man to learn, as I understand it he has spread his story and continues to advocate to NGOS of the importance of thorough grassroots analysis.
      I cannot tell you how many NGOS are here making such significant mistakes and wasting millions of valuable funds, just because they do not study the important of what these people actually need. Maybe if this man bought the women off-road bikes, good walking shoes or containers that are easy to carry he would’ve made more of a difference and not wasted almost 300,000$$ on a 400m deep well.
      Thank you so much again Annette and good luck xxx

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