Gorgeous Fair Trade Jewellery
Monday, May 16, 2016
These earrings started life on the Cambodian / Thai boarder in a heavily land mined region, read how they were transformed and the impact this transformation is having on communities in Cambodia, and how this beautiful jewellery is now available in the Barossa Valley.
May 14th was World Fair Trade Day. I love fair trade as it allows you to know who made your product, know their story and know the difference your purchase makes. How great is that? Do you know the origins of the materials that go into the products that you purchase? Wouldn’t it be great if you did? For a piece of clothing wouldn’t it be great to know that the farmers were paid fairly for the cotton, that the factory workers where the clothing was made were paid fairly and no child labour was used? Our actions as individuals can make a difference when we value the products we are purchasing and value that they have been made fairly.
I would like to use this blog to showcase these humble pieces of jewellery which started out in metal from mines and bullet casings, remnants from the Cambodia conflict.
Jewellery from Education for The Future
Education For The Future is based on the outskirts of Phnom Penh and was founded by Igino Brian, an Italian Goldsmith in 2013. Igino has made available his thirty years experience to teach street children and at risk youth the jewellery trade. Their work involves the use of recycled landmines and bullet casing metal to create pieces of finely crafted jewellery.
Ingino receives the scrap metal from Palin Province in north-western Cambodia on the edge of the Cardamon Mountains and near the Thai border, where Cambodian Army teams are working to demine the area. Palin province was well known as one of the last strongholds of the Khmer Rouge army and was one of the most heavily mined areas in the world. De-mining is ongoing with the assistance of the United Nations.
Going about everyday life in Palin Province with the "Danger Mine" signs present.
Having personally worked with communities impacted by remnants of war in Vietnam and Laos I have seen firsthand how removing the remnants of war can make a huge difference to the poverty the community is facing. The removal of landmines and UXO pave the way for infrastructure development, allows farmers to safely farm land, and reduces the threat of accidental injury. The communities in Palin Province are benefitting from the removal these unwanted remnants of war and being recycled and turned into beautiful objects.
Mine clearance in Cambodia
Working in their workshop the Education for the Future team turn the remnants of war into beautiful pieces of jewellery. Igino teaches not just a trade, he allows at risk youth to be gainfully employed, improving self esteem and laying the foundation for people to improve their livelihood.
Assembling the jewellery at the Education for the Future Workshop in Cambodia
These are more than just a pair of earrings; starting life in the Cambodian mountains from the remnants of war, transformed by youth who have learnt a new trade and can now support themselves and improve their lives and finally making their way to a little store in the beautiful Barossa Valley where you can purchase a beautiful piece of jewellery knowing the positive impact it is having on other people’s lives. Love that. Check out the full range of beautiful jewellery.
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