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These are no ordinary earrings. Decades of war have left Cambodia's farmlands littered with brass casings from bombs, bullets and landmines. The metal that remains as a reminder of conflict is collected to be transformed into a symbol of resilience and healing. Artisans fashion these brass casings into jewelry pieces that carry messages of hope. Each of these earrings is inscribed with the Khmer word for "peace."
HANDCRAFTED IN CAMBODIA
The Rajana Association is a nonprofit organization for income generation and skills training, producing fair trade products using traditional Cambodian skills with contemporary designs. The name Rajana means "design" in Khmer. Rajana Association focuses on the rural and urban poor, and small producers of handicrafts. Rajana trains young Cambodians in traditional craft–making skills, as well as in accounting, marketing, computer courses and English. Through development of traditional craft–making skills, Rajana helps maintain and rebuild Cambodia’s rich cultural traditions, damaged in the country’s wars.Rajana Association began in 1995 as an income–generating project of the British nongovernmental organization Southeast Asian Outreach UK. Since 2000 Rajana has been owned and operated by Cambodians. Ten Thousand Villages has been purchasing from Rajana since 2007.