The Nantucket Bangle is an NHA exclusive product. Inspired by the poem by Phebe Folger Coleman in which she lamented having to leave Nantucket Island. She pined, "far distant sometimes think of me." Addiitonally this bracelet is adorned with the iconic image of the twisted whale harpoon in our collection. This iconic bracelet is a custom collaboration with Article 22, a company who is working with artisans in Laos to craft unique jewelry from an unexpected resource. This aluminum bangle is lightweight and can be worn in sea, sun and surf without tarnishing or affecting your skin. Over time it will become shinier as the matte finish weathers.
ARTISANS XIENG KHOUANG, LAOS
Artisans of Naphia return to their bomb littered village in 1974 upon the close of the Vietnam War to find bombs, exploded and unexploded, and a crashed jet plane. One man learns to melt the war scrap into spoons. Since ARTICLE22 began working with the village in 2009, 12 families grew into 15 families, husbands and wives that make Peacebomb jewelry. They work part time and earn at least 5x the local hourly minimum wage, providing them with the disposable income for books, school, fuel,and medicine that their subsistence farming livelihoods cannot. Artisans are agents of change, healing their land, making it safe to play and grow rice.
One of the poorest nations according to the World Bank, Laos also has the unfortunate distinction of being the most heavily bombed country in history per capita. Between 1964 and 1973, against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, the Secret War was waged in neutral Laos. To contain the spread of communism, American B-52s dropped an average of one bomb-load every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years. 80 million of the 250 million bombs dropped failed to detonate, leaving a deadly legacy that plagues the agrarian population today. DISCOVER THE STORY. And yet, Laos should not be defined by this war torn past. Like a treasure chest, the country has incredible biological diversity, 47 ethnic groups, and a living craft culture of weaving and natural dyeing.