Decades of war have left Cambodia’s fields littered with brass from bullet and bomb casings. Rajana Association, our fair trade partner in Cambodia, purchases these bomb casings from an organization that recycles them. Rajana has them checked by the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and turns them into symbols of hope and peace.
One of the artisans responsible for creating these pieces is Mr. Heng Sopheanith. Once a refugee in Thailand, he was able to travel to the Battambang province where he was trained as a silversmith and eventually was chosen to help lead the Rajana artisan group.
Taking their name from the Khmer word for “design,” Rajana is committed to preserving and rebuilding Cambodia’s rich cultural traditions.
Thank you very much for helping and supporting us. Buying our products means giving us salary. Buying continuously means supporting our sustainability to live. Our family is benefiting from all of your support.
Heng is 34 years old and married with two sons and a daughter. When we asked him if there is anything he’d like to express to his customers, this is what he said: “This work affects my life by creating employment, giving job satisfaction and a wage that can help me support my family, send my children to school for education and provide good food to help my family have better heath, as well as feeling a part of the community.”
Every piece of jewelry that is crafted from this upcycled material is a symbol of hope for the future. By transforming the very same material that had been used for destruction into something used for beauty, Cambodians find a means of supporting themselves and a way to heal.
The Bombshell Ring was thoughtfully designed with a modern look and the brass that had once been part of a weapon holds a certain weight, literally and figuratively.
The War and Peace Earrings are stamped with the Khmer word for peace. You can wear this message proudly, knowing that the materials and process of the Bombshell Collection support peace as well.
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