Kalahari Wild Silk Manufacturers

 

Until recently, the moth Gonometa Postiga was seen as a threat to livestock and game farming on the fringes of the Kalahari in the Omaheke and Hardap Regions. The moth hatches from cocoons which are spun by larvae on Camel thorn and blackthorn including prosopis trees upon which the larvae feed before pupating. The animals feed on the dry cocoons, which cannot be digested, resulting in severe rumen impaction and sometimes even in death.

Today, the collection of wild silk and its processing into various silk yarn and silk products provide employment and income to members of the community, mostly women, in Leonardville.

 

Products

The products include a wide range of scarves, shawls, throws, bedcovers and many more. Our clientele base is mostly tourists (Europe), craft and curio shops, lodges and hotel operators. Kalahari Wild Silk woven products are natural and very Namibian, in fact the fabric is originally Namibian. Wild silk textile has a very strong texture and can be utilize through all seasons.

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Shop

33 Johannes Van der Wath Street, Leonardville

 

Workshop

Production of unique naturally woven products is taking place at the project factory in Leonardville.

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Company information

General Manager

Mr. Junias Hamalua

Marketing & Sales Manager

Ms. Veronica Nunuhes

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Employees

25 employees

200 – 300 temporary employees

Office

Address: 33 Johannes Van der Wath Street, Leonardville

P.O.Box 26, Leonardville

Tel: +264-62-569111

Fax: +264-8861-8693

Cell: +264-81-4084109 (Mr. Junias Hamalua),

E-mail: jhamalua@yahoo.com, kws@iway.na

History

Kalahari Wild Silk Manufacturers was established in 2009 with the idea of being creative, giving employment and producing a product that people would hopefully be delighted to purchase.

Kalahari Wild Silk Manufacturers is community based organization registered as a section 21 Company not having a share capital and an incorporated association not for gain. It is located at Leonardville Village Council in Aminuis Constituency of Omaheke Region, approximately 150 km west of Gobabis. Kalahari Wild Silk Manufacturers overall objective is to contribute to reduction of poverty and enhance secure livelihood among the target community. Through the provision of regular employment and income to members of the Leonardville community, through collection of wild silk cocoons and participating in processing the silk into yarns and silk product.

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Category: Weaving Products, Region: Omusati