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The lovely pendant featured on this refined Graceful Lotus Necklace is handcrafted from recycled brass bomb casing in Cambodia. Decades of conflict have left the countryside of Cambodia littered with bombs. One by one, the makers at our fair trade partner Rajana cut and shape brass bomb casings, safely cleared by a demining agency, into jewelry-wearable statements of peace and progress.
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.