No War Factory

How

The No War Factory jewels are made in Laos using a stirrup technique and are made from recycled aluminum from war shells from the Vietnam War and more. The pieces are then modified and embellished by the goldsmith Francesca Barbarani of Viareggio.

Where

The village of Ban Naphia, where the artisans we work with live, is located a few kilometers from Phonsavan, on an area that extends for hundreds of square kilometers are scattered thousands of jars, large stone containers, of ancient origin and unknown. The region around Phonsavan was heavily hit by carpet bombing during the Indochina War and only a small part of the sites that make up the Plain of the Giare have been reclaimed.

Why

We collaborate with the artisans of rural villages by purchasing aluminum products from them, improving the economy of the community.

Every year, through the sale of our products, we will donate 10% net profits. A part of the association "MAG" and a part in drinking water supply projects for the rural villages of Laos, through the association "Ink for Charity".

History

 From 1964 to 1973 the United States dropped over two million tons of bombs on Laos during 580,000 air missions, amounting to a planeload of bombs every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, for 9 years.  This makes Laos the most heavily bombed country in history . One of the hardest hit areas was the "Plain of Jars" and the adjacent villages. In 1975 the bombing stopped, the war ended. It was during those days of rapid change that a foreign traveler visited the villages of that area, leaving the idea to turn something that kills, into something that nourishes, thus improving the economy of the villages.  Spoons, bracelets and other ornaments made from the aluminum remnants of the bombs and fuel tanks that disfigured this land were created. With the purchase of each manufactured piece you will help to support the economy of the villages and to clean up the surrounding land.