With increase in demand from global markets, Sri Lanka is now producing more of hand loom and batik textile products.
The amalgamation of traditional designs blended with contemporary trends in modern material woven in new processing techniques, has made export quality hand looms access competitive foreign markets.
Sri Lanka exports curtains, table linen, bed linen, kitchen linen, upholstery and dress fabric and other products to foreign markets.
These products are exported to countries like Italy, Germany, France, UK, Norway, Netherlands, Maldives and Thailand. There are about 900 private hand loom manufacturers inclusive of small, medium and large-scale are operating in the country.
After a year of research of the fashion, hand loom and batik sectors in Sri Lanka, the Cultural Relations Platform announces a pilot training, as a form of “master class/experience” of European and Sri Lankan creatives coming together to master their craft and creativity.
The pilot training stems from the conclusions of the research that highlight the need to support and harness the creative community of Sri Lanka that already work and engage with the traditional and living crafts.
The pilot training was guided by Robert Meeder, a professor of practice and was also seen as an opportunity to allow participants to network and share insights and experiences that work towards a collaborative creative community.
Content contributors, on the other hand, came from the pool of EU research participants with a Sri Lankan shared heritage, such as the UK/EU designer Ranura Edirisinghe (currently a textile designer at Burberry) and the Italian designer Andrea Brocca Senanayake, the world’s youngest couture designer.
Both of whom share an additional personal connection with Sri Lanka; Ranura was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in the UK and Andrea is half Italian and Sri Lankan and grew up living between Italy and the Middle East.
For the pilot training, a combination of Sri Lankan companies who have participated in the research project (Barefoot, Kantala, Selyn) were invited to nominate “young creative” staff to participate along with additional freelance designers.
The activity also created an opportunity through a virtual/digital platform for permanent sharing, networking, and supporting the growth of young Sri Lanka talents. “Mastering” Sri Lankan craft for EU market” was implemented, coordinated and facilitated by the Cultural Relations Platform for the EU Delegation in Sri Lanka.