"Peace Bomb Bracelet" by Article 22. Image courtesy of Article 22.
An accessory that creates work for Lao artisans, repurposes war debris from the 250-260 million bombs dropped on Laos during the Vietnam War, and acts as a subtle style statement for peace? Enter the Peace Bomb bracelet by Article 22.
We first heard about this exciting project when we met Elizabeth Suda, founder and designer Article 22, at the NOW Showcase during New York Fashion Week, Fall 2010 (we covered her ethical handbags back in February). "Mum" was the word when it came to her latest initiative, the Peace Bomb Bracelet, a collaboration with artisan families in Naphia Village, Laos, and Rural Income Through Sustainable Energy (RISE), a project of the Swiss NGO, Helvetas. More:
In Naphia, ten local families support their farming activities through the income generated by the sale of spoons, made from war scrap aluminum. According to Article 22, they are "melted in an earthen kiln and cast in hand-sculpted molds of wood and ash." As a consultant for Helvetas' RISE project, Elizabeth Suda saw an opportunity to further develop the market for goods made from war scrap metal. She imagined the fragments of bombs, melted and shaped into a bracelet, and jumped on the idea. View the beautiful result, below.
Peace Bomb Bracelet by Article 22, single $15. Image via Article 22.
Peace Bomb Bracelet by Article 22, triple $38. Image via Article 22.
Today, proceeds from Article 22's Peace Bomb Bracelets provide income to Lao farmers and artisans, and contribute to "a community fund that provides resources for village infrastructure projects and small business micro-loans," according to Article 22.
Each Peace Bomb Bracelet comes in a handwoven silk drawstring pouch, and is available at Shop Article 22.