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Not so long ago, Oromos in Ethiopia, despite making up the country's largest ethnic group, were reluctant to openly express their cultural and ethnic identity. This could go as far as avoiding speaking their language, Afaan Oromo, in public for fear of being criticised for not adhering to a national identity. But an increasing political assertiveness over the last decade has combined with a growing cultural pride among young Oromos that is now being expressed in fashion. This month's annual Oromo Irreecha thanksgiving festival was seen as an opportunity to show new outfits. In some cases, designers, like Antiko Designs, are taking familiar elements and modernising them. The red, black and... Full story

19 October