Crafts centre holds basket exhibition

The event held last weekend featured the best baskets from the Kavango region collected over the previous year by Mud Hut Trading.

“This exhibition has come to represent some of the finest handicraft produced in Namibia, celebrating the designs, colour and craftsmanship of the weavers along the Kavango River,” said Karin le Roux of the Namibia Crafts Centre.

Training workshops in quality control and design that was conducted by the Rossing Foundation and the Omba Arts Trust has assisted weavers in transforming their traditional harvesting baskets into works of art.

The wealth of creativity and graphic beauty of the baskets were truly awe-inspiring, Karin added.

The baskets exhibition is an annual event and is the brainchild of local American-born potter and educationalist Reverend John Hunter, who founded Community Hope School (CHS), a private institution for orphans and vulnerable children, in Katutura.

“Together with locally-trained potters who assist him in his studio, John, also an award-winning potter, has been creating hundreds of beautiful ceramic bowls for the event,” said le Roux.

The public were invited to buy a bowl of home-cooked food, and the proceeds were donated to Community Hope School.

Established in 2005, the school currently accommodates 56 learners from Grade 1-4. The school plans to increase the number to 76 next year. The school is owned by The Foundation for African Christian Education (FACE).

CHS is also a training institution for Namibian students and teachers. A series of yearly courses are made available to Namibian teachers and the ongoing internship will effectively empower Namibians to take leadership in education in all sectors of the workplace and to help teachers achieve high levels of certification.

FACE has been able to enlist partners locally and worldwide to join financially in the founding and expansion of CHS and the teacher-training centre.

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