Ye Balager Lij is an Ethiopian term that translates to ‘the child of a countryman/woman’. It is derogatory slang that dismisses rural people as illiterate or not modern enough. Featuring Amharic lettering painted and block-printed onto the fabric, the coat is part of a collection reclaiming and reimagining such language. The work pays homage to the rural and urban communities that together constitute shared Ethiopian traditions and cultural values.