The Wolayta live in the territory south of Kambata and Hadia and North of Gamo. The Omo River and Lake Abaya are the limits of their lands. Wolaita, like all agricultural groups in the South, are known for their inset gardens, maize fields and beautiful meadows.
They are renowned for their pottery which is considered to be a vital activity. It is thought to be a divine gift from a mythical ancestor that must be passed on to the succeeding generation. Potters are known as Ch'inasha and are mostly women.
One saying goes that if you stop potting you die.