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peace spoon ornament

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A Taste of Peace

What does peace on earth look like to you? For the people of Laos, it might just look like this: scrap aluminum from the bombs that once rained down upon their country, transformed into a tool for sustaining life. No mere symbol, this spoon-shaped ornament is part of the process of literally bringing peace to this part of the world, both by helping to clear the remnants of war from their farmland, and by providing a new source of life-sustaining income, which helps to lift families and communities out of poverty.

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.

Comes in a giftable pouch with a card explaining the metal's history. For decoration only. Made in Laos.

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aluminum, synthetic ribbon
3 .75" L x .75" W

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72votes, 6 comments

Cassie, UncommonGoods

This pretty ornament has a pretty great story behind it. Check out the product story on the left to learn more about how Laotian artisans create these spoons to promote peace, then let us know if the Peace Spoon Ornament has your vote.

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Love this! I really hope this becomes a product!

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Lovely, perfect for a new baby.

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The story behind the spoon is too sad.

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At first glance, no I wouldn't buy this but after reading who made this and from what, then yes, I would.

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Nothing really to special about this!!! Would rather see a recycled vintage spoon!

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