Art-I-San textile products use original San designs made by landless !Kung and Ju/’hoan living on resettlement farms in northern and eastern Namibia. Their ancient hunter gatherer culture remains an inspiration in their art.
Omba Arts Trust, Namibia supports the livelihoods of these communities through the development of craft and art. Artists and the community receive royalties on meterage.
” Art and craft intervention is one way of helping the San culture to survive in a transitional world, and to develop trading links. From the results of other San art and craft projects, art and craft has not only empowered individuals, but has been an effective way of reaching a broader audience. It promotes the voice of the San and it is a visual window into their culture, which is rapidly disappearing.” Cheryl Rumbak
The Southern African San are made up of small communities spread out from the Northern Cape, Kimberley area, Namibia, Botswana and Angola.
The textile designs and the artists are from 2 main groups. The !Xun and Khwe and the !Xung and Kwagga from Namibia and Angola. These designs are a result of art development workshops facilitated by Cheryl Rumbak and the Rossing Foundadtion in 2002 aimed at identifying artists, providing basic skills training and advanced art development that were initiated in the hope of finding a sustainable source of income for the most ancient and marginalized group of people in Southern Africa. These development projects were successful in tapping into the creativity and imagery of the San, who were mostly known for their legacy of rmock art. The playful images produced from linocuts and oil paintings have been sold both to international and local art collectors for the past 16 years.
The idea of translating these images onto textiles began about 10 years ago when Cheryl Rumbak developed a range of fabrics for the Kamatoka San shop at Montebello.
Art-I-San textiles were presented at the Design Indaba in 2008 and 2010 and the response was enormously positive. Royalties for meterage printed is paid to the artist whose images have been used. These products are IFAT approved and are managed by Omba Arts Trust in Namibia.
We print on a number of fabric weights such as cotton canvas, cotton linen, hopsack or upholstry fabric, bull denim and twill.
Barrydale Hand Weavers
The distinctive style of Barrydale Hand Weavers is achieved by weaving natural unbleached cotton on traditional hand looms to achieve a distinctive handmade look and feel.
Barrydale locals are trained in the art of handweaving to produce beautiful fabrics. Weavers are also encouraged to come up with their own designs. Everything is handmade so each item has its own unique signature and a natural earthy feel.
This project started over 30 years ago in the Kingdom of Swaziland where Tivane Mavuma, who was trained by a German Master Weaver, started weaving fabrics for owner Carol Morris.
Years later Carol moved to Barrydale and Tivane, along with the looms, followed. The business grew rapidly and more and more looms were acquired along with a group of people in the area who were curious and keen to learn the craft.
Kikoy is 100% cotton, which is a vibrant versatile cloth traditiona
• To produce products that are proudly African- inspired, grown and manufactur
• Each product tells a story – no mass production.
• Happy bright colours that are full of life and WORN with PRIDE.
• To create employment