Sunday, 14 December 2008

Jewelry saves the World

M.I.A.'s sister, Kali Arulpragasam, has created a line of necklaces that provide social commentary on World Hunger. Inspired by the way food is perceived in countries other than in the West, Arulpragasam made beads that molded from staples like corn, beans, rice, lentils and seeds, and has created with that some amazing jewelry. She uses Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and another six countries as themes.

It may sound like an oxymoron to create gold and silver beads to send a message about poverty, famine and consumption but in her defense we have to point out that a percentage of the sales from this collection will go directly to Oxfam International. Additionally, Arulpragasam plans to donate each respective necklace design to its corresponding country's national museum. "I'm one of those people who can't do much about what's going on in those places," she explains. "This is small compared to what's going on, but hopefully it will have an impact."

See more about this designer and her work at

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