Pāua is the Māori name given to three species of large edible sea snails, which are also known as Abalone or Ormer shells. Our Pāua shells come from the island of Java in Indonesia
Before you think why is One World is Enough killing small sea creatures to make coasters, this is in fact a story about finding an environmentally friendly way of dealing with waste shells that were causing an environmental problem.
Javanese fishermen were cultivating Pāua as they are a local delicacy, they were discarding the Pāua shell on the beach and in the sea where they were becoming an environmental nuisance. A group of passing travellers saw the piles of discarded shells and thought that these pretty shells should be used to make something.
This project has created lots of work for the local people and these days the fishermen make alot more money from selling the Pāua shell than they do from selling seafood!
The coaster set consists of 6 Pāua shell coasters in a holder. The coasters are made from Pāua shell on a resin base and a wipe clean clear heat resistant resin surface. Each coaster measures 10 cm by 10 cm. To see the rest of our beautiful collection of fair trade clothes and crafts search for One World is Enough.
Beautiful Iridescent Paua Shell Coasters from Java - Set of 6 in holder - UUVMC3KGA