The Soul’s Journey pendant is shaped as diamond, symbol of the butterfly across many global cultures, and crafted from remnants of bombs littering the countryside in Cambodia.
The diamond represents the migration pattern of the butterfly, the long journey the creature travels with millions of other butterflies to arrive home.
Wear this pendant to remember to trust the journey- the completeness of the winding, seemingly endless path, and the distance we all have traveled to arrive right where we are.
Meet the Artisans
The artisans responsible for these graceful metal works, like the Hindu Goddess Kali, channel both destruction and creation, skillfully molding bomb shells into wearable art, symbols of the resilience of the human spirit.
The shop where they are created is located in an underprivileged rural community approximately thirty minutes from Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capitol. Revenue from sales allows artisans to develop skills or additional training to make jewelry from one of the most plentiful scrap resources available in the area- recycled bomb shells and bullets left over from the dark Khmer Rouge period in Cambodia in which a third of the population was killed.
Significantly, funds from the works can also go to support higher education of artisans. This is important because during the Khmer Rouge, those who had college degrees or special training were singled out to be put to death, thus reviving education is still a large part of re-invigorating and providing opportunities in the nation.
Thus with the support of NGO Craftworks, the artisans now generate much needed income that provides their families and their communities the chance at a better future. More information on Cambodia's rich culture, history, and the organization is available here, and more information on the importance of buying Fair Trade can be found here.