Befanas

Ella Merriman

The shape was inspired by the Italian Christmas story of La Befana who is an old woman believed to deliver presents to Italian children at Christmas every year. She is always depicted wearing a headscarf or shawl and this was the starting point for the shape’s design. By experimenting with a triangle of fabric and a variety of paper models, I came upon this shape. The creases in the pasta emphasise folds in material and each piece is crimped at the base to give the impression of a knot being tied under the chin as if each pasta piece is a miniature old ladies headscarf.

Final shape and packaging

The making process of the befanas

Initial design sketches

Final shape