New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Woodcarvers of the Kavango

opinion

Rundu — The multi-cultural and multi-ethnical structure of the Kavango population has contributed to a big variety of skills amongst its people.

One of these artistic skills is reflected in the works of the woodcarvers on the western side of the Kapako Constituency of the Kavango.

The people in the northwestern side are mostly fishermen, while in the eastern sides they are a combination of traders of thatch grass and engage in fishing.

Their products are famous in the whole country, and due to a limited market they are mostly sold in craft shops in Windhoek and at the big roadside markets at Keetmanshoop, Okahandja and Swakopmund.

The abundance of precious wood in the Kavango Region has motivated a great number of artisans, some with artistic ambitions, to settle in this part of Namibia.

Most of the sculptures are portraits, staffs, scepters, and spears and objects mostly animals, drums, masks and decorated furniture. These sculptures reach high prices on international art markets.

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