Article 22 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reads:
“Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.”
This statement is the inspiration for the name of one of our partnering vendors, Article 22 and Article 22 Trading Co., two companies with a shared philosophy. That shared philosophy is grounded in the desire to partner with artisans the world over to “share skills and trade fairly”.
The Peace Bomb Bracelet is a true testament of that philosophy…
From the Article 22 website:
“The Peace Bomb project combines human ingenuity and aluminum war scrap metal to create bracelets that tell a story about their makers and the legacies of our shared history.”
During the United States’ campaign in Vietnam (1964-1973) there were roughly 250 million bombs dropped on the country of Laos, making it the most heavily bombed country, per capita, in history.
In the years since the Vietnam War resourceful artisans in the Naphia village have learned to safely collect scrap metal from the old munition and re-purpose it for future use. Using wooden blocks and ash to make molds, the artisan families cast spoons and bowls out of recovered metal. Article 22 and the Swiss-based NGO Helvetas have collaborated with the village artisans of Naphia to create the Peace Bomb Bracelet out of this same reclaimed metal.
“A bracelet. A story about war and peace. Destruction and reconstruction. History. Instead of words, this story is composed of fragments of bombs, melted and shaped into a circle, a bracelet, a reminder.”
Subports, our text-to-buy company that works with independent designers, is proud to be supporting Article 22 and the artists from Naphia Village in this amazing venture. Each purchase of a Peace Bomb Bracelet supports the artisan families in Naphia Village and includes a donation to the development of a community micro-credit fund that provides resources for infrastructure projects and micro-loans to individuals in the community.
Text “a22peacebomb” to 767825 (PORTAL) to purchase 1 bracelet for $15 plus s&h.
Text “a22peacebomb3” to 767825 (PORTAL) to purchase 3 bracelets for $38 plus s&h.
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