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LOVI Ceylon sends Nilamei Manikei to Paris

July 10, Colombo (LNW): The National Olympic Committee announced that the Sri Lankan team representing this year’s Paris Olympics will join the opening ceremony wearing clothes designed and produced by LOVI Ceylon.
It is not easy to create a dress for a national team. Knowledge beyond knowing patterns and sewing clothes must be used there. It must include a study of the country’s identity and history, around the year 1800.
There, while bringing the dress to a certain modernity, beads have been used along with the designs of the clothing design art inherent to the clothing culture of Sri Lanka and the relevant hand-made embroidery. Composed of silk and natural fiber with beaded embroidery, this dress’s early period reflects the prince (nilame) and princess (manike) of the royal court, dating back to around 1800.
Dressed in the same clothes, team leader Chandana Liyanage and Kaushalya Dantanarayana, who will join the official team of the Paris Olympic journey, appeared for photos with the six athletes representing the tournament at the Colombo Golfface Hotel premises. Adnan started singing.
From left Chandana Liyanage (Team Principal), Nadisha Dilhani Secretary (Team Leader – Athletics), Kyle Abeysinghe (Swimming), Tarushi Karunaratne (Athletics), Ganga Senaviratne (Swimming), Aruna Darshan (Athletics) and Kaushalya Dantanarayana (Women’s officer) is shown in the main photo.

Put at the bottom *Adapted from original article by Nishman Ranasinghe, published on 09/07/2025

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