IN a vibrant corner of the Namibia Craft Centre, Ekipa Jewelry and Artwork is quietly celebrating 20 yrs of company.
Started by learn goldsmith Grit Böttcher, who fell in appreciate with the region before starting off the small business in 2001, Ekipa is a cheerful stall adorned with paintings, pendants, jewelry and attractive items reflecting Böttcher’s really like of all items obviously Namibian.
“I arrived to Namibia as a traveller in 1996. All through my travels I fell in really like with the nation and all it had to supply – the desert, the animals, the open up areas, the sunshine, and the friendly and openminded people today,” suggests Böttcher.
“In 2001 I started off my own company at the Namibia Craft Centre, production jewellery influenced by organic designs and resources. I use oryx horns, springbok conceal, ostrich egg shells, porcupine quills, desert sand and recycled African glass beads in mixture with aluminium, copper and silver.”
Böttcher also can make use of cherished and semi-important Namibian stones, such as tourmaline, aquamarine, amethyst, citrine and quartz to create items in line with Ekipa’s merry motto of ‘sometimes funky, always stylish’.
Named soon after the Oshiwambo word for jewel or a thing valuable, Ekipa has a unique gem of its individual in Gertrud Kavari, who has labored with the corporation considering that 2006.
“I am grateful to my consumers for their guidance in the course of the decades. As a creative artist, I require responses from folks to continue to be motivated and inspired,” says Böttcher.
“2020 was the most tricky and tough yr, and we hope website visitors will look through by way of the colourful range of smaller retailers symbolizing the artwork of Namibia now and in the long run.”
Twenty a long time in and however going strong, Ekipa is located at the Namibia Craft Centre on Tal Avenue.
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