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Oshiwa Designs is represented in North America by Rayela Art. ( rayela.etsy.com ) Combined shipping can be made between purchases of the two shops.
Oshiwa Designs on Etsy represents a collaboration between Anita Brandt, founder of Oshiwa, and Rachel Biel of Rayela Art. Anita lives in Namibia and has been managing the Oshiwa project since 1994. Oshiwa produces hand carved photo frames and woodblocks for printmaking. Rachel lives in Kentucky, USA, selling textiles online and providing technical assistance to other online businesses who focus in textiles or fiber art.

Marketing the woodblocks from Namibia has been a great challenge for Oshiwa due to shipping costs, customs requirements, and other logistical issues. Having a base in the United States makes it much easier for Oshiwa to reach its primary markets: the US, Canada, Europe and Australia. The woodblocks ( or…

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  • Joined May 12, 2010

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Cotton, batik, embossed velvet, fabric paint, ethnic prints, animal motif prints, traditional African textiles, hand printed cottons, clay prints, clay tiles, hand made paper, Model Magic, Shiva paint sticks

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    Hand-carved wood printing blocks made in...

About

Oshiwa Designs is represented in North America by Rayela Art. ( rayela.etsy.com ) Combined shipping can be made between purchases of the two shops.
Oshiwa Designs on Etsy represents a collaboration between Anita Brandt, founder of Oshiwa, and Rachel Biel of Rayela Art. Anita lives in Namibia and has been managing the Oshiwa project since 1994. Oshiwa produces hand carved photo frames and woodblocks for printmaking. Rachel lives in Kentucky, USA, selling textiles online and providing technical assistance to other online businesses who focus in textiles or fiber art.

Marketing the woodblocks from Namibia has been a great challenge for Oshiwa due to shipping costs, customs requirements, and other logistical issues. Having a base in the United States makes it much easier for Oshiwa to reach its primary markets: the US, Canada, Europe and Australia. The woodblocks ( or printing stamps) have been priced based on size and what Oshiwa needs to break even. The sets are priced at 15% off of this formula. The same discount can be given to larger orders on the individual stamps (on purchases over $150). African Wa Wa wood, used for the blocks and frames, comes all the way from Ghana, via South Africa, to Namibia.

The unique Oshiwa designs were produced at the Oshiwa workshop by Joseph Kanwa, Dhumba Joseph and Paulus Mutunda. Challenging economic times have meant that at this stage Oshiwa has restructured and fewer woodblocks are being carved after building up a big inventory over many years. Paulus produces printing blocks as well as hand carved photo frames at Oshiwa, Dhumba is using his framing skills at Studio 77 in Windhoek and assists Oshiwa part-time, and Josef has returned to doing carvings for the tourist trade in Kavango. 25% of income received by Oshiwa from Etsy sales for the current range, is pledged to Josef. We appreciate your support and hope that you will spread the word about Oshiwa.

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