10 Facts from Papier Maché to Fynbos…

 FACT 1:
Even though the name is French, papier maché originated in China, where paper was invented. Papier maché  technique then spread to Japan and Persia and eventually became popular in France in the 17th century.

 

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Photo credits: Stills taken from Mr Price Wola Nani Colab Video

 

FACT 2:

Wola Nani helps improve the lives of people living with HIV. One of the ways it does this is through its income generation programmes, such as the production of beautiful papier maché products stocked by Kudu. CLICK HERE to shop our range of Wola Nani bowls

 

 

 

 

 

FACT 3:

Wola Nani is Xhosa for ‘we embrace and develop one another’

Photo credits: Stills taken from Mr Price Wola Nani Colab Video

 

FACT 4:

South Africa has 11 official languages, of which Xhosa is one. There are 7 million Xhosa speakers in South Africa. They are mostly based in the Eastern and Western Cape.

 

FACT 5:

The current range of Wola Nani bowls features motifs that take their inspiration from Cape flora, more specifically, fynbos.

Photo credit: www.fynboshub.co.za

 

FACT 6:

Fynbos ( a Dutch word for ‘fine-leaved plant) is a specific type of vegetation that only grows on the southern tip of Africa.

 

FACT 7:

Making up 80% of the Cape Floral Kingdom it is a totally unique kind of vegetation that  two-thirds of which are found only in the Cape (nowhere else on earth). Source credit: http://blog.sa-venues.com/

 

 

FACT 8:

To put it in perspective:Table Mountain alone hosts as many plant species as the UK; all 1 500 species of them. This makes the Western Cape more botanically diverse than the richest tropical rainforest in South America, according to WWF. And that includes the Amazon… Source credit: http://wwf.panda.org/

Photo credits: www.fynboshub.co.zawww.capecontours.co.zawww.fynbosfarm.co.za

 

FACT 9:

In this small area, equivalent to a thinly smeared Portugal, there are more than 9 000 plant species, and of those, 70% are endemic. A full 3% of all the world’s plants are found here, on less than 0.05% of the Earth’s land surface. Source credit: www.southafrica.net

 

FACT 10:

South African fynbos vegetation includes proteas, ericas and restios (reeds). This flower kingdom is the origin of some of the world’s favourite plants: gladioli, freesias, nerines, agapanthus and ixia. And, of course, those beloved geraniums and pelargoniums.

 

Yours, bringing Africa home.

Thandi Mbali Renaldi

Cover image photo credit: www.purelylocal.co.za

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