25 Jan Recycling bombshells
It’s hard to imagine what went on thirty years ago in the Kingdom of Cambodia, where people now go about their business planting rice, going to market, getting married and going to school like any other in South East Asia. Talk to anyone as young as of our generation, however, and it soon surfaces that memories are still fresh. Of fleeing homes, refugee camps, bombings and being conscripted to a murderous army to carry and lay mines.
Our artisans obtain metal for recycling from CMAC (Cambodia Mine Action Centre) demining officers and from fishermen who catch bullet casings in their nets. All of the metal has been obtained at official CMAC demining sites by CMAC officers. Watch how Emi &Eve founder Cassandra accompanied a team of CMAC deminers in the Siem Reap area and learn how bomb casings are processed into our designs in our film archive.
In a tidy new housing development in South Phnom Penh, we find the foundry of Chantha Thoeun‘s family at the end of a quiet alley. Chantha learned the brass smithing trade at age 14 in the orphanage he was living in since his parents were killed by the Khmer Rouge. After coming of age and apprenticed by older tradesmen, he set up his own foundry. He now lives behind his workshop with his wife Thierni, and two young children and is building a new facility due to the steady growth of his business. Read more about his story here.
Chenla Chan was also a refugee, and now supports his family by recycling bombshell scrap through orders from Emi &Eve. Chenla opens his home to the neighborhood children by way of impromptu day care centre, and on Sundays his home serves as the neighbourhood church. Read his story here.
Samath Ngauv is our gemstone supplier, operating a family business that has been in the lapidary industry for generations. He opened a brass smithing workshop to support our orders, providing jobs for young adults. Read more about our gemstones here.
We are very proud of our jewellery, all made from recycled war remnants into beautiful conversation pieces. We designed them to tell their story of metamorphosis into symbols of friendship, peace and beauty!
Every cloud has a silver lining. What courage have you gained from passing through the fire of tough times? A piece from our collection serves as a symbol of strength. Do you have a friend or loved one who is going through difficulties? Gift them a bombshell brass piece from our collection as a reminder that there is light at the end of the tunnel.