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 ornamental dishes, this is in fact a story about finding an environmentally friendly way of dealing with a waste shells that were causing an environmental problem.
The 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 the seafood!
Our ornamental rectangular chequered dishes measures 13 cm by 17 cm. The ornamental dish is made from Pāua shell on a resin base which forms a wipe clean clear surface.