Every exquisitely hand-crafted jewelry pieces from Saught bears a hefty load from the powerful stories behind them. Transforming weapons of destruction to objects of beauty, Saught creates products from scrap metal of landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXOs) to support sustainability in post-conflict countries such as Cambodia. It is safe to say that you wouldn’t know the beauty of Saught’s jewelry until you have listened to the dark past of its origin.
Saught’s inaugural collection features products in three different themes – Freedom from War, Freedom from Poverty and Freedom from Fear.
This collection is the fruit of a meaningful collaboration between students from Temasek Polytechnic School of Design who designed the jewelry and artisans from Cambodia NGO workshops who hand-crafted them. In their one-week trip to Cambodia, the students witnessed the skills and deft touch by the artisans in handling tools with precision and confidence, sometimes even with fingers gnarled, twisted or missing from injury. Armed with primitive tools, the artisans used metal from safely deactivated landmine and bombs (supplied by the national de-mining organization of Cambodia) to intricately craft out every pieces of jewelry.
Second-year Product & Industrial Design student Jarron Tham expressed, “The work we did with the artisans in Cambodia has beauty, purpose and change. This is what meaningful design is all about.”
Essentially, the heart of Saught is the common belief in the need for resolution of poverty and the dissemination of the message of peace. From agents of death to objects of peace, every creation tells a story and every design symbolises the meaning of peace-building and hope. Unsurprisingly, ‘saught’ was a Middle English word that ‘peace’ was derived from.