Cambodia is one of the most bombed countries in the World. The 2014 Fall Collection of the Purple Buddha Project is based on the foundation that we can learn something from the past and use it today to change the future. Upcycling artifacts from around the World from Germany, India, United States, to Cambodia; the Purple Buddha Project integrates these objects of history into jewelry constructed in Cambodia.
The collection of jewelry pieces integrating history into each piece consist of: weapons of conflict from Cambodia, meteorites from space, coins of the British East India company, and fragments of the Berlin Wall. The founder Forrest Curran himself has gone to each of the countries in order to obtain the raw materials that would be going into the collection and along the way shot a 13 feature detailing what it took to create the collection.
The finishing of each piece is created by recycled remains of conflict from Cambodia such as bullet shells, bombshells, and weapon remains. The weapon remains themselves have been used in the past in multiple Cambodian civil wars and during the Khmer Rouge, of which we work into creating something negative into something positive.
The jewelry pieces are created in the country of Cambodia by local associations that employ artisans through fair-wage, and with the sale of each jewelry piece the Purple Buddha Project makes a donation to inspect and remove 3m of land for UXOs that have yet to detonate. With a focus of the model based on sustainability and up cycling, the Purple Buddha Project looks to change the future through the past while embedding a strong message into each jewelry piece.
With a pledge during their kickstarter project, donors can receive a jewelry piece that integrates history into fashion while empowering the people of Cambodia.