Souvenir – Paua sea shells

Paua sea shells from New Zealand
Before I could even blink, I realized this month is about to pass by in a jiffy. I have been off the internet most of this month and I know the blog is crying for my attention. A few things have happened, and I am trying to keep balance between the two worlds.

This is that time of the month when we talk about the souvenirs collected from all over the world. And this time I take you to New Zealand.

I had the first glimpse of these shells at Auckland airport itself. Huge, larger than life wooden carvings with shiny blue eyes! I was awestruck to see the vibrant colors of those eyes and wanted to at least touch one.

Sea shell

Paua shells (pronounced as “pah-wah”) are the most beautiful shells in the world. These are quite big in size and brilliantly colorful ! They are found in the deep waters off the southern Island of New Zealand near the Antarctic. This deep cold water produces a hard shell with rich deep beautiful color.

The Maori named the shells Paua and have used the Paua Shell in their native art for centuries. The shell is held in high regard as a treasure from the God of the sea.

Maori culture is an integral part of New Zealand. Maori people use Paua sea shells for making eyes of carved wooden statues and to make stunning jewelry. Colors vary as the shell is viewed at different angles ranging from vibrant blues, to greens to purples, with an iridescence shine.

Sea shell

I bought this smaller sized shell as souvenir from a museum shop.

Question for you: Have you ever had the urge to buy something immediately after landing at a place?

P.S.- This is a monthly series exhibiting various souvenirs that I have picked up from my journeys across the globe. You can see more of them here.

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7 thoughts on “Souvenir – Paua sea shells

  1. That shell is beautiful! I agree on buying inexpensive and small souvenirs while backpacking. These souvenirs bring back the memories of lovely experiences. I too have a big collection but never thought of a blog post on them! Yes! I wanted to buy a mask even before I was in Venezia.

  2. Kusum,
    I always buy these small memoirs. From postcards to flags to T-shirts to these sundry items. 🙂

    And from time to time, I give some of them away to my FB followers. 😀

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