Oshiwa's Shop 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.