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NEUTRALISED MUNITIONS JEWELLERY

In 1969, the United States began a four year long carpet-bombing campaign in Cambodia where more than 2.7 million tons of bombs were dropped on the country, exceeding the amount it had dropped on Japan during WWII by almost a million tons. During this time, about 30 per cent of the country’s population was internally displaced, as many as 500,000 people died as a direct result of the bombings and hundreds of thousands more died from the effects of displacement, disease or starvation. The US bombing campaign was a key factor in the increase in popular support for the Khmer Rouge rebels, after their victory in 1975, the Khmer Rouge oversaw a period in which another two million Cambodians died from execution, hunger and forced labour.

TRANSFORMATION THROUGH DESIGN

Saomao’s uses NEUTRALISED MUNITIONS and transforms objects of destruction into beautiful and meaningful collections of unique and unusual  jewellery and fashion accessories. Saomao promotes peace & compassion and expresses an ideology of transformation by overriding negative and destructive actions. who began transforming bombs to cowbells in the 1980s….. A positive statement of a country moving forwards.

Saomao supports artisan livelihoods and development in Cambodia, the network of artisans expands further to weavers and silversmiths in forgotten and off-the-grid places. Saomao promotes entrepreneurship and community development.

 

 

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Hand patterned Cambodian collar, with drop pendant, this piece takes 3 days to make the pattern from individual punches, includes satin black bow.
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Apsara collar

Large hand patterned Cambodian collar, this piece takes 3 days to make the pattern from individual punches, includes satin blue bow.
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Apsara Collar

Hand patterned Cambodian collar, this piece takes 3 days to make the pattern from individual punches.
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Apsara collar

Hand patterned Cambodian collar, this piece  takes 3 days to make the pattern from individual punches, includes satin black bow.
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Filagree traditional pendant

Hand made filagree pendants, satin or suede neck cord.
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Flower oblong pendant

Brass flower pendant, hand punched flower pattern, suede or satin neck cords.
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Rose Square

Hand punched  brass pendant, each pendant comes with either a silk or suede neck cord, Please state which you would prefer.
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Cotton and brass pendant

Each brass pendant is hand sawed and beaten, all have a different colour thread insert, each pendant includes a  colour matching neck cord.
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Japanese flower tree pendant

Hand filagree  pattern inspired by the traditional Japanese cherry tree flowers. Plain simple , a really popular piece, good for all ages.
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Tribal square

Small hand punches pattern earrings, individual patterns, all vary slightly, silver ear wires.
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Square brass

Hand drilled simple brass square earrings, sterling silver ear wire
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Double Eucalyptus Leaf

The eucalyptus  earrings are patiently hand drilled through the brass leaves making the earring lightweight to wear.
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Apsara earrings

Apsara earrings hand cut brass earrings, the pattern is taken from the motive of a jasmine flower worn by the apsara dancers in South east Asia, Sterling silver hooks and green agate beads.  
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square

Hand made and drilled brass earrings, sterling silver and natural stone beads. 1.5x1.5cm, recycled brass from bullet shells.
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Korean Style

These Korean style earrings are an Asian classic, they are timeless and great for all occasions. The earring hooks are made from sterling silver, and the  beads are green agate. A really popular
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Eucalyptus leaf

Small eucalyptus leaf earrings, made from brass and silver, each hole is patiently hand drilled beads green natural stone beads vary in colour, sterling silver ear wires and beads.
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Bodi leaf earrings

The Bodi leaf earrings are one of our most popular items, hundreds of small holes are patiently hand drilled through the brass leaf, so although the leaf is life size it is not heavy.
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Apsara collar

Hand punched pattern collar, the traditions punching takes 3...
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 “TRANSFORMING OBJECTS OF WAR INTO ITEMS OF PEACE”