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sterling silver peace bomb cufflinks

by Elizabeth Suda
Handmade
Recycled
Community Voted
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  • the story

High Impact Fashion

These cufflinks are not only a heat-seeking fashion statement, they are also helping to trigger positive change in the world. Carefully loaded into sterling silver cufflink hardware is a pair of tiny bombs, each crafted in Laos from reclaimed scrap aluminum.

The Laotian tradition of working with scrap metals began in the 1960s as the United States conducted an extended bombing campaign in their effort to contain Communism in South Asia. An estimated 250 million American bombs were dropped in the region over a 9-year period. Attempting to restore order in their lives, the Laotian people began gathering the discarded metal from mortar and flare launchers, spent ammunition magazines and more, and recast them into spoons and other domestic tools.

Now, the creation of these cufflinks not only provides you with a dramatic accessory, but also continues to perpetuate clearing waste metals from Laos, while providing local crafts people with a sustainable income. Enclosed in a drawstring pouch with a card explaining the metal's history. Bomb charm made in Laos; assembled in New York, NY.

  • details
Handmade
Recycled
Community Voted
Item ID
21597
Made from
aluminum, sterling silver
Measurements
.75" L x .75" W
  • the maker

Elizabeth Suda

When her suitcases are unpacked, Elizabeth, a New York native, is at home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She may otherwise be found busing through the emerald passes of the Annamite Mountains or strolling along the banks of the Seine. Traveling has been key to her conceptualization of ARTICLE 22 and design process. After nearly two years in the Merchandising Department at Coach, Inc., Elizabeth became curious about how and by whom the goods we consume are made. She ventured to the other side of the world and found a home in SE Asia where she worked, and witnessed the intersection of sustainable economic development and globalization. She consulted for Helvetas, a Swiss NGO, on the income generating potential of handcrafts for the Rural Income through Sustainable Development Project, RISE, worked with a social business that supports women who hand weave textiles from naturally dyed yarns, and designed four clothing collections made from these eco-friendly fabrics, which were presented at Laos's equivalent of fashion week. Recognizing that market linkage and design are major constraints on artisans, she founded ARTICLE 22 to create a traceable link between producers in the east and consumers in the west as well as to share the many stories about the women behind the fabric.Elizabeth studied History and Art History at Williams College and Oxford University. collection

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Q and A

When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

211votes, 28 comments

Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

These dynamic cufflinks make a statement, and we love that there's a story to be shared each time someone asks about these eye-catching little bombs. Learn more about how craftspeople in Laos create these designs from scrap metal resulting from US bombing campaigns in the product story, then tell us whether you'd wear this peace-promoting fashion.

Jodie
Vote: Thumbs up!

lol

Linda
Vote: Thumbs up!

I wouldn't buy them but it is hard to find decent man gifts and if your man wears suits, it would be nice. Mine doesn't

Lily
Vote: Thumbs up!

Great alternative cufflinks for someone with a more offbeat style- I'd give these to groomsmen as non-lame wedding party gifts.

Maureen
Vote: Thumbs up!

Unique and cool!

Christine
Vote: Thumbs down!

Now if they were peace signs......

Parker
Vote: Thumbs down!

Seems to glorify war, although I do like the recycled aspect of them.

Katie
Vote: Thumbs up!

If going to any event I can easily see my husband wearing these. They would make a nice conversation piece.

CMT
Vote: Thumbs up!

definitely unique

Laurie
Vote: Thumbs up!

Lovely way to tell someone they're "da bomb" with a very peaceful back story. Love it!

St
Vote: Thumbs down!

I appreciate the sentiment, and the recycling, but perhaps a different symbol than a bomb....?

Angela
Vote: Thumbs down!

Just not into bombs!

Vickie
Vote: Thumbs down!

Bombs? What for? I don't like these at all. I wouldn't buy them.

Marcus

Really depends on the price

Isabel
Vote: Thumbs down!

These seem bothersome. I would buy the envelope cuff links before these.

Howard
Vote: Thumbs down!

Interesting, but just not into the whole bomb thing. I think a different design would be just as effective.

Stephanie
Vote: Thumbs down!

Too violent

Sue
Vote: Thumbs down!

No to bombs.

Paula
Vote: Thumbs down!

I like that they are recycled products but at first glance, they look like they could be something other than what they are. The image needs to be a little more defined

Crystal
Vote: Thumbs down!

No more bombs.

D Jamie
Vote: Thumbs down!

I don't like the the way the bombs are attached to the cufflink.

Julie
Vote: Thumbs down!

Cufflinks are a thing of the past. No one wears them anymore except old men.

Preston
Vote: Thumbs down!

The world has more than enough bombs.

Steve
Vote: Thumbs up!

As a military man, I'd wear these whenever I could

Charles
Vote: Thumbs up!

What they say is "beating swords into plowshares." I like them.

Jan
Vote: Thumbs down!

I'd much rather they continued to make spoons.

Tracy
Vote: Thumbs up!

It should be titled "Peace Bomb", right up front. All it does for me is remind me of war, Which is a sad reality.

Linda Fairchild
Vote: Thumbs up!

Brilliant perfect idea. Restores one's faith in humanity and speaks to the innovative and loving spirit of the Laotian people.

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