Our Artisans and Artists
Our artisans and artists live in rural and sometimes very remote settlements and the beautiful products they make reflect their different agricultural, hunter-gatherer or pastoral traditions.
The craft and contemporary art programmes with San communities in four regions have been recognised as a critical livelihood source for these very marginalised communities. The Ju/’hoan, Hei//om, !Xung and Khwe have retained some of the skills and knowledge their hunter gatherer ancestors developed over thousands of years. We integrate these cultural elements into the beautiful jewellery and art ranges .
Recognizing some of the many challenges our artisans and their communities face, we have embarked on other programmes including food security, agricultural support as well as homestead vegetable garden to remote San communities. Sustainable resource management is a guiding principle resulting in support to basket weavers in the Kavango region to plant palm and dye tree homestead and community gardens. Omba received the BOTSOC 2019 (Botanical Society of Namibia) Award for this work.
The income from crafts has supported the education of our artisans’ children and the health and well-being of their families. More importantly, we have seen women grow in confidence and skills and many have become community leaders where they play an important role in the well-being of their communities.