The Purple Buddha Project is a social business trying to raise funds on the crowdsourcing site, Kickstarter, to help Cambodian artisans upcycle the remains of conflict into jewelry. The Vietnam war actually spilled over into Cambodia and Laos, consuming both nations in the process. The Cambodian civil war and resulting genocide during that time was particularly devastating and savage.
It`s not just about helping these artisans earn fair wages but also helping these get rid of bomb and bullet shells and even plane parts! More than 2.7 million tons of bombs fell in Cambodia alone from 1965- 1973. That was more than was dropped by the Allies during WWII. 30% of the bombs failed to detonate.
The Purple Buddha Project`s jewelry made from historical artifacts is led by Forrest Curran of Austin, Texas. The sale of each piece will also see a donation to clear 3 cubic meters of land in Cambodia and Laos.
While the metal parts are from unwanted war debris, the historical “focals“ are sourced from different locations. There are meteorite fragments from Houston, Texas.
Jewelry made with chunks from the Berlin wall and artifacts from the days of the British East India Company round up the collection. It is a fascinating choice of historical artifacts. Most meteorites are ancient, dating back to the beginning of the solar system. They are indeed the oldest materials found on our planet.
|Berlin Wall Jewelry|
|British East India Company|
This Purple Buddha Project video shows a tour of the workshop and artisans who make the jewelry.
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