Wednesday, September 7, 2011


'Wola Nani' is the isiXhosa phrase for 'we embrace and develop one another'. This non-profit organisation was established by South African social entrepreneur, Gary Lamont to empower individuals and communities affected by the local HIV/AIDS pandemic. Its skills training and income generation programmes enable approximately 60 independent craft artists to earn a sustainable income by working from home.
Wola Nani recently teamed up with South AFrican designers Nicci Drzewicki and Mireille van Reenen, to create a range of very cool African Print papier-mâché bowls. Wola Nani has always made a range of innovative crafts from recycled magazine paper, but this new range, which has taken its cue from the vibrant print fabrics from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is one of the most exciting things the group has produced in a long time.  The collection lends a new level of sophistication to the comprehensive papier-mâché products they've produced in the past.

The bold contemporary designs in this collection will certainly make an impression in both residential and commercial interiors. African Print bowls are available in colour variations on five unique designs (Shwe Shwe, Eyes, Shields, Arrows, Pineapples and Circles) and a wide range of sizes. Available now through

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