Oshiwa

Hand-carved wood printing blocks made in Namibia.

Kentucky, United States · 246 Sales

Oshiwa

Hand-carved wood printing blocks made in Namibia.

Kentucky, United States 246 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Oshiwa Designs are the creations of Kavango Woodcarvers Paulus Mutunda, Dhumba Joseph, and Joseph Kanwa, of Namibia. Oshiwa started producing Hand Carved Photo Frames in 1994, and from there, textile printing stamps or wood printing blocks. The designs are intrinsically African. At Oshiwa, a vast range of generic designs, each one beautiful in its own right, were developed. Each stamp was painstakingly produced by hand and each design carefully considered - the opposite to a mass-produced product.

Over the years, far more printing stamps were produced than sold, and tough economic times have meant that we have had to slow down on production. Joseph has returned to his home in Kavango where he plies his woodcarving craft for the tourist industry, Paulus continues to produce mainly hand carved photo frames at Oshiwa and on occasion still carves printing stamps. Dhumba is employed at Studio 77, another local framing workshop, where he applies the skills developed at Oshiwa. 25% of income from blocks sold on Etsy and received by Oshiwa Namibia is pledged to Joseph Kanwa - sadly, still far less than he needs to earn a decent living. All production, development, promotion and ongoing maintenance costs, are carried by Oshiwa.

We hope that a network of workshops will promote the sale of our unique Oshiwa textile printing stamps. You can earn an income from hand printing workshops and products that you make with our stamps. Your purchase of stamps from Etsy has no strings attached other than a limitation on reproducing the designs themselves for resale, and workshops or sales in Namibia. (Contact anita [!at] oshiwa.com for details)

Go to Paula Benjaminson at http://paulabenjaminson.blogspot.com/ to see how she has fun with our printing stamps.

African Wawa wood, a soft and pliable wood ideal for carving, properly treated and certified free of contamination of insects, and procured from plantations controlled by the Forestry Department of Ghana, is used.

The stamps can be used on fabric, paper or impressed into clay. They are also beautiful as carvings in their own right.

Oshiwa Designs is represented in North America by Rayela Art, rayela.etsy.com. Combined shipping can be made between purchases of the two shops.

Announcement

Oshiwa Designs are the creations of Kavango Woodcarvers Paulus Mutunda, Dhumba Joseph, and Joseph Kanwa, of Namibia. Oshiwa started producing Hand Carved Photo Frames in 1994, and from there, textile printing stamps or wood printing blocks. The designs are intrinsically African. At Oshiwa, a vast range of generic designs, each one beautiful in its own right, were developed. Each stamp was painstakingly produced by hand and each design carefully considered - the opposite to a mass-produced product.

Over the years, far more printing stamps were produced than sold, and tough economic times have meant that we have had to slow down on production. Joseph has returned to his home in Kavango where he plies his woodcarving craft for the tourist industry, Paulus continues to produce mainly hand carved photo frames at Oshiwa and on occasion still carves printing stamps. Dhumba is employed at Studio 77, another local framing workshop, where he applies the skills developed at Oshiwa. 25% of income from blocks sold on Etsy and received by Oshiwa Namibia is pledged to Joseph Kanwa - sadly, still far less than he needs to earn a decent living. All production, development, promotion and ongoing maintenance costs, are carried by Oshiwa.

We hope that a network of workshops will promote the sale of our unique Oshiwa textile printing stamps. You can earn an income from hand printing workshops and products that you make with our stamps. Your purchase of stamps from Etsy has no strings attached other than a limitation on reproducing the designs themselves for resale, and workshops or sales in Namibia. (Contact anita [!at] oshiwa.com for details)

Go to Paula Benjaminson at http://paulabenjaminson.blogspot.com/ to see how she has fun with our printing stamps.

African Wawa wood, a soft and pliable wood ideal for carving, properly treated and certified free of contamination of insects, and procured from plantations controlled by the Forestry Department of Ghana, is used.

The stamps can be used on fabric, paper or impressed into clay. They are also beautiful as carvings in their own right.

Oshiwa Designs is represented in North America by Rayela Art, rayela.etsy.com. Combined shipping can be made between purchases of the two shops.

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Anonymous on Jun 11, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Extremely well packaged and prompt postage. Highly recommended!!!!!!

Anonymous on Jun 11, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Extremely well packaged and prompt postage. Highly recommended!!!!!!

Anonymous on Jun 11, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Extremely well packaged and prompt postage. Highly recommended!!!!!!

Anonymous on Jun 11, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Extremely well packaged and prompt postage. Highly recommended!!!!!!

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Shop policies

Last updated on August 29, 2011
Oshiwa Designs is a small workshop located in Namibia, Africa, which specializes in hand carved photo frames and fabric printing stamps or wood block stamps.

We appreciate your support and hope that Oshiwa will serve as a wonderful resource for you in your creative work!

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Payment
Our preferred method of payment is through Pay Pal, paid immediately upon purchase of item.

We will accept checks and money orders, but orders will not be shipped until payments are cleared.

Kentucky purchases (United States) will be taxed an additional 6% for sales tax.

If no payment has been made with no explanation from the buyer, orders will be canceled within three days, a negative given on feedback and the item re-listed. Please notify us if payment cannot be made immediately. It is time consuming and annoying to try to chase people down for payment.
Shipping
All purchases are normally shipped using the United States Postal Service's flat rate envelopes. For larger orders and if wishing to use a different carrier, please convo first.
Refunds and Exchanges
All purchases made of Oshiwa stamps will be refunded in full (for any reason) if returned within 3 days of receipt. Please let us know about a return first. Shipping costs will NOT be refunded.

We want you to be happy with what you get.

Lost items rarely happen, but when they do, it's a pain. No getting around it. In over 10 years of selling online, only one item has not made its destination but several have taken months to reach certain destinations overseas.

No losses can be processed with the post office until one month after the shipment date. Most orders can be tracked through your Pay Pal account as we use Pay Pal to print the shipping labels.
Additional policies and FAQs
No consignment. If you are interested in a large wholesale purchase, we would need to consult on a case by case basis with Anita in Namibia.