in a meaningful transformation.
Article 22's PEACEBOMB collection is made from the shrapnel and debris left behind by millions of bombs dropped in Laos during the Vietnam War.
Through their sustainable work, Laotian artisans are taking unexploded bombs and transforming them into beautiful, meaningful jewelry.
As of 2020, Laos is the most heavily bombed country per capita in world history. Between 1964 and 1973, during the Vietnam War, American B-52s dropped 250 million bombs on Laos. 80 million of them failed to detonate, leaving behind shrapnel and other dangerous debris.
But Laotians refuse to be defined by their war-torn past. The diverse country is home to countless talented artisans, among others who are working to redevelop villages and making the land safe and peaceful again.
A Positive Impact
Artisans are turning bombs into beautiful bracelets with the PEACEBOMB collection from Article 22.
By transforming something negative into a positive, Laotian artisans create meaningful jewelry from aluminum shrapnel that has been melted and recast in wood and ash molds.
Each piece of jewelry helps MAG (Mines Advisory Group) clear unexploded bombs, making land safe and providing new metal to artisans to craft more original designs. Purchases also give back to traditional artisan livelihoods and support village development.
Behind the Name
Article 22 got its name from the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Eleanor Roosevelt was the driving force in creating this 1948 declaration to prevent World War II's atrocities from being repeated.
Article 22 of the declaration states that "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."