Guest Farm Kiripotib - African Kirikara Art: who, where, what?
In Namibia, in South-West Africa lies the sheep and cattle farm, KIRIPOTIB. It is an oasis in this vast, arid region where the peace and silence is healing. Here one is entranced by the creativity and expertise of the artist and craft people of African Kirikara Art.
Unique pieces of jewellery, rugs and carpets, capturing the African spirit, are created under the guidance of Claudia von Hase. These beautiful carpets provide much needed employment for the people of this arid country.
At African KIRIKARA, our weavers are constantly
on the lookout for talented youngsters
who could undergo an apprenticeship with
us and they then always help these young
folk during their training period. Abed Angombe,
one of our very first apprentices, is
now one of our top weavers and designers.
African KIRIKARA prides itself on representing
the many diverse ethnic Namibian
peoples, many of whom speak very different
languages. Our team thus communicates
through colours, shapes and everyone's imagination.
Here you see the talented designer
of graphic patterns, Matheus Amutenya or
'Panduleni' - he speaks Ovambo
'Ondjamba' – Elephants
Johannes Dineinge's home is in Owamboland.
His indigenous name is Mekuma; this means
"the rains are coming, and my home is my
shelter". The name is indeed a sign of hope in
Namibia, for it is the driest country in all of
ZebraTwo worlds, with one language: harmony. Namibia obtains her richness of culture
from both Europe and Africa. Today it is the inspiration drawn from these two
continents that is evident in the African KIRIKARA Art weaving studio. Gaining
motivation from these sources, our indigenous employees manage to create countless
harmonious geometric and graphic results, like those seen here in the carpet we call
The truly natural – 'Signs of the Wild'
There is no dyeing necessary for carpets such as ‘Signs of the Wild’ and ‘Ndebele’,
or indeed for many other designs. This is because the wool-bearing Karakul sheep
naturally occur in a plethora of differing shades; for example, beige, brown, silvergrey,
dove-coloured, anthracite, black and also white.
'African Wildlife' captures perfectly the amazingly abundant wildlife of Namibia. It
is a carpet to dream over! Ovambo artists tend to normally make use of strong colours,
whilst their Damara counterparts - raised in the arid and harsh southern regions of
the country - prefer to use warm and earthy tints.
The individual order
Countless ideas from many different cultures are brought together by Claudia von Hase, a designer by profession. In "Geometric Frame" and "Leopard-Zebra" she has designed a carpet incorporating colours harmonizing with a fabric sample supplied by a client.
The finished product is more than just a carpet - it is a unique and personal creation.
African KIRIKARA can, and regularly does, deliver to all corners of the globe.