Admas Mahdere: smooth as silk

Cayman-based Admas Mahdere brings Ethiopian textures to the Caribbean

Admas silk and cotton blend woven bustier and diagonal pencil skirt. Photograph by Bernado NeriSilver and ultramarine blue diamond jumpsuit with woven trim details. Photograph by Bernado Neri

The 2013 Cayman Islands Fashion Week boasted a slew of impressive designers, but Admas Mahdere wowed the crowd with her latest collection of perfectly tailored clothing for women, inspired by her African roots (she was born in Eritrea). Using beautifully hand-woven cotton and silk from Ethiopia, each piece has what Mahdere calls “a stand-out feature.” Despite no formal training, her skill at mixing textures, patterns, and cut-outs, incorporating her signature weaving, is a definite representation of what she aspires for her line to always be: innovative.