Buy back the bomb. Article 22 creates sustainable jewelry from re-purposed war metals.
Secret war of Laos
Even though Laos was never officially involved in the Vietnam war, the US military dropped 260 million cluster bombs on this small neighboring country. Around 30 percent of the bombs failed to explode immediately and to this day continue to take lives. Laos holds the record of being the most bombed country in the world — a legacy that echos into the present. Between 15,000-20,000 civilians have been killed since the end of the war. Imagine 2.5 million tons of munitions on Laos over the course of 580,000 bombing missions. This is equivalent to a planeload of bombs being unloaded every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years — or nearly seven bombs for every man, woman and child living in Laos.
$40 – Daughters Rising exclusive engraved bangle includes one (1) engraved bangle with an inside inscription that reads: “Made in Laos + Article 22 + Rise” with a handwoven organic cotton drawstring pouch and story card.
These ultra-lightweight bangles are made from re-purposed scrap war metals from exploded bombs and other weapon parts. The materials are recovered from the Field of Jars in Laos by villagers and crafted by traditional artisans. The bangles measure 2.6″ diameter or an 8.3″ circumference. Bangles are classic but versatile and can be worn with any outfit, whether casual or dressy — but most importantly they are meaningful and each represents a step towards helping the people of Laos recover. Each bangle is hand cast and finished by hand, making each piece unique, varying slightly in shape, size and texture.
$38 – Set of three (3) plain bangles, with a handwoven organic cotton drawstring pouch and story card.
Peacebomb tag wrap
These rustic tag wraps are also made from re-purposed scrap war metals. Each piece is melted in an earthen kiln and cast in hand-sculpted molds of wood and ash. Not only are these tag wrap bracelets incredibly unique, each purchase generates income for artisan families in Naphia Village. Artisans who produce them are paid 4x the local market rate.
Each tag is hand cast and finished. There is only one tag wrap option, but it come with two (2) leather straps in chocolate and gold color, a handwoven organic cotton drawstring pouch and a story card. Each piece varies slightly in shape, size and texture.
The bracelet is about bringing the bombs full circle—connecting a war torn past, with the present conditions of an underdeveloped yet culturally rich population, with a future filled with potential. The film and bracelet give the artisans a way to tell the story and give consumers a way to join the artisans, take action, and make a difference. It is about trade not aid.– Elizabeth Suda Article 22 Founder/CEO
Bringing the bombs full circle
The name of the design company comes from the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Under article 22, it outlines that our rights as humans is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world: “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.”
New York Based designer Elizabeth Suda was working in Laos when she got inspired to find a way to utilize the skills of local artisans and reduce the amount of unexploded ordnance scattered across Laos. Elizabeth founded Article 22 to transform something negative to positive.
In accordance with their mission, Article 22 will reinvest the equivalent of the cost of clearing three square meters of bomb-infested for each bracelet sold. They also reinvest in community development through a fund that pays for electricity and micro loans.