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Wola Nani

Wola Nani Paper Mache Bowls


Kingston University presents a two-year design project with Wola Nani, a South African organization famous for their iconic paper mache bowls. 

Wola Nani is a non-profit organization established in 1994 in response to the ongoing Aids crisis in Africa. It is committed to providing a caring and developmental service that enables people living with HIV to respond positively to their status. As one of South Africa’s best known charities, Wola Nani has developed an income generation initiative through the global appeal and success of their paper products that now provides employment for over 40 HIV-positive craftswomen.

This project has developed new ideas and directions for products and manufacturing techniques celebrating the craft workers skill and the ad hoc simplicity of the original paper bowls. Taking their current paper mache process as the starting point, the project explores the qualities and properties of paper as well as the potential for change in scale to develop new and innovative lighting designs.

Kingston University is developing a program to work with African manufacturers of crafts in order to raise their profile and income by exploring their creative potential. 


Regular bowls measure 10" in diameter and 5" in height

Large bowl measures 16" in diameter and 9" in height

Long bowl measures 18" x 7" x 4"

Not food, microwave, or dishwasher safe.

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