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Hunotjari

Bertha Pakarae started off as a saleslady for several shops, and when her employer returned to Germany she had the opportunity to start her own business, Hunotjari.  She has a wide range of bespoke babies 'clothing made in unusual funky African fabrics, as well as  ladies’ skirts, tops and handbags. Every single item is hand made with loads of love and attention to detail and designed and produced right here in Windhoek, Namibia. In addition to African clothing, Hunotjari stocks hand-made jewellery from Tameka and Heike Lukaschik, two...

Work of Our Hands

In 2003, American citizen Valerie Garber started  an NGO, Work of Our Hands,  in Five Rand Kamp, an informal settlement of Okahandja, Namibia. It currently supports 13 formerly disadvantaged women with skills transfer and craft education. The women are taught the art of making jewellery using wire and beads; and also crocheting wire to make attractive, durable adornments for the wrist and the neckline, in colours and hues compatible with the most sophisticated of wardrobes. The ceramic beads used to make the jewellery, earrings in particular, are...

Sara’s Saran

Sara Basson, from Leonardville,  produces useful, decorative pieces which are a variety of bead-edged doilies, dolls, placemats and mobiles. Sara was taught by her mother, which served to guide her entire life and its course to date were shaped by her skills at crafting. After moving to Windhoek, she initially sold her handicraft on the streets of the city before applying successfully for a stall at the Namibia Craft Centre. The curios and crafts at her stall reflect Sara Basson’s distinctly rural Namibian aesthetics, almost untouched by her urban...

Rustic Wire & Beads

Angelika Eichas is the creative mind behind a range of wired, beaded and recycled light-fittings, lampshades, mobiles and decorative craft for the home. Using recycled material such as beer-bottle tops, caps, wire, bicycle tyres, makalani shells and old zinc sheets, Angelika creates a remarkable variety of popular lampshades and light-fittings.  Combining  rural Namibian colour palettes (earthy browns, rusty reds, sandy tans) with bright, shiny wire-mesh or dulled rusted wire, lends an almost otherworldly ‘look and feel’ to the mobiles and light-fittings. The handmade light-fittings in particular are versatile enough...

Ondjaba Shop Art

Johanna Shilongo produces all the clothing sold at her stall.  The distinctive striped material used for the traditional dresses worn by Namibia’s Owambo women, represent the three different tribes – the Kwanyama, Ndonga and Ngandjera.  Traditional the pink colour was obtained by grinding stone, and the fabric is known as Ondelela. Johanna also buys traditional Owambo baskets and wooden utensils and animals from the north of Namibia.  Anyone desiring to have a taste of Owambo customs and tradition in their homes, must visit Ondjaba stall....

Omba Arts Trust

For the past twenty years, the Omba Trust has worked closely with the Ju/Hoansi community in Namibia to foster a sustainable development model to integrate the rare skills of the Ju/Hoansi into the mainstream economy. The Ju/Hoansi is a San tribal community in rural Namibia, confined in large part to but a small section of their previous hunter-food-gathering landscape. With the guidance and support of Omba Arts Trust, community members fashion beautifully intricate jewellery from ostrich egg shells and create very rare pieces of art, often used as...

Omaruru Gemstones

The attractive town of Omaruru is situated close to the Erongo Mountains, which is renowned for its wide variety of high quality gemstones and minerals.  Omaruru Gemstones Processing Company was established by miner Eric Goagoses and German gemologist Hans and focuses on its own small scale mining operations, gemstone processing and jewellery production.  They offer a wide variety of gemstones and minerals from well-known areas in Namibia, namely, tourmaline, topaz, aquamarine, garnet, jasper, pietersite, quartz crystal,  and amethyst which are handcrafted into various jewellery pieces, and cleaned...

Miracle Arts & Crafts

Miracle Arts & Crafts is a relatively small stall in the Namibia Crafts Centre but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for with a resplendent and truly amazing variety of small to medium sized handicrafts from every imaginable corner of Namibia. The woman behind this ‘tiny shopping mall’ of crafts is Elisabeth Hangara, a crafter herself. Elisabeth has a generous, curious and creative spirit which manifests itself in the depth of the range of crafts in the stall. Everything and anything you can imagine...

Emage Workshop

Description Emage Workshop has been crafting for over ten years and is highly equipped with the skills-development and discipline required to mesh the open-ended, unstructured artistic process on the one hand, with the goal-orientated, structured process of craft-making on the other. Emage Workshop takes conventional, acceptable forms of products such as books, dinner plates, cups, canvas clocks and beautifully blends these with hand-craft techniques using designs which shave the border with genuine fine art, solely, albeit subtle and understated. Recycled material, wood, sand, stones, shells and feather add the unique...

Kasupi Craft

The Kasupi Crafts exclusively retail ‘fashionable’ clothing, jewellery, accessories and selected apparel, like T-shirts, made or decorated by hand, almost entirely originating from the Namibian craft sector. Owner of the stall, Josephine Kasupi, formerly worked for 13 years for the owner of Tomcat, and later became the proud owner and renamed it aptly to Kasupi Crafts. She enjoys providing visitors with an experience of a ‘different’ kind of craft stall. Kasupi offers the adventurous fashionista leather bags made from flawless springbok and zebra hides which follow the design and...