|The Oshiwa Namibia Team|
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 Blog, out-of-the-box
Languages spoken: English, Afrikaans, and some German
Oshiwa Hand Carved Printing Block
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