The crown of Empress Menen Asfaw, wife of Emperor Haile Selassie. A crown that symbolizes African royalty.
When the Empress was exiled from Ethiopia during the Italian occupation from 1936 to 1941, she made a pledge to the Virgin Mary at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel promising to give her crown to the church if Ethiopia were liberated from Italian occupation.
Following the return of Emperor Haile Selassie I and his family to Ethiopia in 1941, a replica of the crown was made for future Empresses, but the original crown that Empress Menen was crowned with at her husband's side in 1930 was sent to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Israel. Empress Menen, although often seen wearing a tiara at public events that called for it, would never again wear a full crown.
This truly original design is made by and only found at Abyssinian Kiosk.
- 50% pre-shrunk cotton, 50% polyester
- Fabric weight: 8.0 oz/yd² (271.25 g/m²)
- Double-lined hood with matching color drawstrings
- Quarter-turned to avoid crease down the middle
- Air-jet spun yarn with a soft feel and reduced pilling
- 1x1 athletic rib-knit cuffs and waistband with spandex
- Double-needle stitched collar, shoulders, armholes, cuffs, and hem
- Front pouch pocket
- Brand: Gildan 18500 Unisex Hoodie