A teaspoon of honey requires at least eight bees to spend their entire lives laboring, visiting as many as a million flowers. The hexagonal shape of a honeycomb is one of the strongest structures in nature.
The Inner:BEEing earrings, handcrafted from reclaimed bomb casings, are shaped to resemble a honeycomb, both a symbol of sweetness of honey as well as the perseverance required to create it.
Wear these honeycomb earrings as a reminder of your own strength and perseverance as a creator, guiding yourself daily to that the energy committed to create anything of meaning is what gives that creation value.
The artisans responsible for this jewelry, like the Hindu Goddess Kali, embrace the intersection of destruction and creation, skillfully shaping war remnants into wearable art.
The workshop is sponsored by Cambodia Craftworks, an NGO located in an underprivileged rural community thirty minutes from Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital. Revenue supports additional training for artisans who wish to make jewelry from one of the most plentiful scrap resources available in the area, given the vast amount of bombshells and bullets left over from the tragic Khmer Rouge period.
Funds also support college degrees for artisans’ family members, signifant reparation for those with higher education beingsingled out to be put to death during the conflict. You are truly supporting the re-empowerment of a community through your purchase.
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