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Oshiwa Designs

The Oshiwa Namibia Team

Oshiwa Designs are the creations of Kavango Woodcarvers Paulus Mutunda, Joseph Dhumba and Josef Kanwa, who have been involved with the Oshiwa craft project in Namibia since 1994. At Oshiwa Paulus, Dhumba and Joseph have been able to dedicate themselves to carving and have developed a large repertoire of designs, based on a skill inherited from their forefathers. The designs are intrinsically African, but are at the same time unique creations, produced without copying from any source other than the carvers’ own creativity and a memory of traditional patterns.

When you purchase an Oshiwa Design stamp and use it in your own products, you are honouring the creativity of the carvers. The printing stamps represent a means to support their families, and allow them to continue plying their craft in the face of the immense pressures of globalization, rising costs and mass production.

Each stamp is painstakingly carved by hand and each design is carefully considered - the opposite to a product that is mass produced with little or no connection to an original creator. A certain amount of designs are repeated in every new series, but each hand carved printing stamp remains an individual piece.

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

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

Mission:  Our mission is to sustain the carvers' livelihood.  We operate using fair trade principles.

Location:  Windhoek, Namibia
Online Shop: Oshiwa Designs 
Memberships: Paula Benjaminson's Blogout-of-the-box
Languages spoken:
English, Afrikaans, and some German

 Oshiwa Hand Carved Printing Block

Tags: African designs, wood print blocks, print stamps, block printing, stamping stamps, wood blocks, clay stamps, hand carved wooden printing blocks, textile printing          


  1. these stamps are beautiful and could only inspire endless beauty in the arts!

  2. Such wonderful talent as manifest in these gorgeous wood blocks is a gift. May the Oshiwa Namibia Team thrive and prosper and continue to shaire their beautiful creations with the world.


“Drive a nail home and clinch it so faithfully that you can wake up in the night and think of your work with satisfaction,- a work at which you would not be ashamed to invoke the Muse”
-Henry David Thoreau

In our case, it would be the needle or other fiber tool. Drive it home! And, we all thank you for your words, left here to these good folks. Invoke your Muse!


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