Our Omba team has been very busy in the last few months of 2012 and beginning of 2013 developing new products with various groups in different regions in Namibia.
Thanks to various funding agencies, our resident product designer Steffie Zoeller from Germany and our trainer Belinda Thanises have been able get into the field again.
Weavers from two conservancies in the Kavango region are busy with a soft-basket range in asymmetrical shapes using the weaving technique of the traditional beer strainer. They have a delightful organic feel to them and we cannot wait to get them on the market.
The carvers are busy with a range of wooden spoons also asymmetrical shapes and the best thing of all – is that they are using wood from sustainably harvested forests.
New note books made from Sheshwe cloth and hand-made paper from pearl millet have been launched on the market and we are happy to be working with a group that we founded 9 years ago, Nekaya Pumba in north central Namibia.
Karin le Roux