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Comment by N.J.Bond on June 17, 2011 at 18:02


   Natural dying is slowly replacing in small way in the small percentage among population who are evolved and creative ones .

   We have now developed the  3 levels of it .

    1. Eco friendly , low impact way .

     2. Natural colour extracted  in powder and liquid form from plants sources and store it for many ;years and use to dye with small  chemicals .

     3. Fresh from plants pigments with using the natural tannin binder  all natural dyed 100% chemical free. .


     When we are doing dying  it can be ethnic method dyed . This was ancient method , the herb power was infused into cotton and  low cost medicine tribal system exist till day in India .


     Here are 3 catagories for your view.  

Comment by Florence Tewson on April 21, 2010 at 9:28

I work for an ethical fashion/textile company, Sophia Couture. We have recently become interested in sourcing from Sri Lanka. I am flying out the 20th May to research the Sri Lankan fashion and textile industry, and build connections with both small artisan communities, as well as the large fashion/textile companies.

If anyone knows of any contacts in Sri Lanka that they could put me in contact with, it would be much appreciated.

Many Thanks
Comment by Elizabeth Laskar on November 15, 2009 at 20:04
Comment by Elizabeth Laskar on November 15, 2009 at 19:57
Financial Times Sri Lanka - Nov 15th 2009


Brandix to dazzle Design Festival with breath-taking fashion show

The latest designs that propel high street fashion in leading international markets will be on display later this month at a rare exposition of current production styles and exclusive in-house designs by Brandix, Sri Lanka’s top apparel exporter, according to a company press release.

The Brandix fashion show will be the opening segment of the Industry Fashion Show that follows the Ethical Fashion Symposium at the Mount Lavinia Hotel on the third day of the Sri Lanka Design Festival 2009 (November 27 – December 6).

As the main sponsor of the festival, Brandix will play a key role in showcasing to local and foreign visitors the depth of design and production capabilities that have resulted in the Group becoming a preferred supplier to some of the world’s top apparel labels, as well as the ethical and environmental best practices that underpin its business, Ms. Solani De Silva, Head of Marketing at Brandix Lanka Ltd, was quoted as saying in the press release.

“Brandix is a committed subscriber to Sri Lanka’s ‘Garments without Guilt’ initiative, and has a world first in eco-friendliness to its credit,” she said. “It is most appropriate therefore that the Brandix show will be one of the highlights of a day dedicated to ethical fashion.”

This is the fourth consecutive year that Brandix has come forward to support the apparel industry by sponsoring a fashion show that stimulates in house talent and supports local designers. The previous shows supported by Brandix, ‘Fashion Statement 06,’ ‘Fashion Statement 07’ and ‘Colombo Vogue Fashion Statement 08’ were resounding successes.
Comment by Elizabeth Laskar on November 8, 2009 at 21:27
Sri Lanka Design Festival 2009 is to promote Sri Lanka's fashion manufacturing industry and its transition from a 'manufacturing industry in to a creative based knowledge industry'. The event will be held from the 27th of November to the 4th of December focusing on two key area;

Showcasing of Sri Lanka's initiatives in Sustainable Fashion and spearhead the topic of sustainable fashion by organizing an international gathering on the Topic of Sustainable Fashion. This event will be on the 29th of November and will be chaired by Colin Mc Dowell, with other opinion leaders on the topic like Dilly's Williams, Orsola, Claire Hamer, Elizabeth Lasker and the many others (See attached doc for other speakers). We also have a retail presence from Top Shop, Monsoon, ASOS, Warehouse, ZARA/Inditex, House of Fraser, NEXT and the likes which my colleagues currently in the UK are trying to expand upon. Our intention is to strengthen Sri Lankas positioning as the 'emerging sustainable fashion manufacturing nation'. We also have a strong press delegation with the like of Colin Mc Dowell, Angela Rumsey - Business Editor - WGSN, Fashion Editor of Drapers, Leonie Barrie - Editor - Just - Style Online, Magazine Editors from India - Elle, Marie Claire and educationists, Jane Rapley Principal Central St Martins, Professor Clair Johnston, Royal college of Art, Professor Sass Brown, FIT NY, Prof Jackie Guille, Northumbria University UK etc. as we want the message taken back to the UK.

For more info:

I will be representing EFF in Sri Lanka and writing a diary of events and contacts on this forum. Stayed tuned!

Comment by Elizabeth Laskar on September 30, 2009 at 14:44

“Sri Lanka is not only about beaches and idyllic surroundings it is also a haven for fashion conscious bargain hunters” - Ms Al Mansoori

Sri Lanka is a haven for fashionistas on a budget. Some of the world’s top leading brands are available at a fraction of the price in Sri Lanka compared to other parts of the world.

Ms. Heba Al Mansoori, Middle East Director of Sri Lanka Tourism and Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) said,

“Sri Lanka is not only about beaches and idyllic surroundings it is also a haven for fashion conscious bargain hunters. Top world class brands costing a fraction of the price at shops in the other parts of the world are sold alongside garments produced locally.”

Ms. Al Mansoori added that dress boutiques and fashion stores sprout out like tropical flowers in Colombo’s high-end shopping locations and are fast turning into a major attraction for shoppers from around the world. “Post-conflict Sri Lanka is attracting a lot of interest from the tourists around the region who are discovering new facets to the destination including the fantastic shopping offered by the island nation,” she stressed.

Sri Lanka a shopper’s paradise

“Stores in Sri Lanka offer surpluses from the export-factories in Sri Lanka of leading European and American fashion goods at fantastic factory-rate’ prices which are usually a tenth of their street prices in Europe or America, supplemented by a range of imported designer-originals, purchased direct from manufacturing outlets, again with attractive price dividends,” Ms. Al Mansoori said.

For avid seekers of chic, Colombo has thus turned into an exciting one-stop shopping experience with a global reach and stunning range at affordable prices. Scaling the heights of chic with highly visible success is Colombo’s Odel Unlimited at Alexandra Place. It offers a truly impressive array of choices for clothes and accessories for all seasons and reasons, winter and summer, formal and casual.

Shoppers (around 40% are foreign visitors) get the opportunity to shop for famous labels such as Calvin Klein, Levi Strauss, Ungaro, Gucci, Armani and Hugo Boss, sports brands Nike and Puma, designer watches from Swiss brands and perfumes from high end cosmetic firms, among others.

According to Mr. Kumar Mirchandani, Chairman of the Sub-committee on Image Building - Sri Lanka Apparel (JAAF), “We are a small island economy of just 21 million people and a GDP of $42 billion, yet Sri Lanka Apparel supplies over 1% of the clothing needs of the European and American consumers. Sri Lanka Apparel had its modest beginnings in the early 70’s and grew rapidly enjoying the benefits of the MFA assured guaranteed market access. In the last three and a half decades, with exposure to sophisticated customers and retailers and focused reinvestment back into the industry, Sri Lankan entrepreneurs transformed themselves from mere tailors to total solutions specialists.

Mr. Mirchandani said Sri Lanka’s country’s apparel exports in 2008 was at AED 12.1 billion (US$ 3.3 billion), approximately 270 factories employing about 1 million people directly and indirectly and contributing nearly 10% to the GDP. In approximate terms the industry value addition now stands at 60%. Industry is also the second largest foreign exchange earner for the country.

With these world class manufacturing facilities backed by a highly competent workforce, Sri Lanka Apparel gained international repute as reliable and quality manufacturers with an emphasis on innovation. Over time, Sri Lanka Apparel built its competencies around five key product groups: intimate apparel, casual wear, active and sportswear and children’s wear. In fact, Sri Lanka is seen to be emerging as the ‘lingerie capital of the world’.

As a leading innovator in the global supply chain, commanding the confidence and trust of leading international brands such as Victoria’s Secret, GAP, Marks & Spencer, NIKE, Abercrombie & Fitch, Tommy Hilfiger, Triumph, Ann Taylor and many more, Sri Lanka Apparel is now at the forefront of ethical manufacturing, an area receiving great global attention and preference supported by sophisticated operations servicing high-end niche categories.

Ms. Al Mansoori said “Sri Lanka is one of the best kept secrets in the world as a travel destination, especially for Middle East travellers. The food is exotic and wonderful, the people are gracious and friendly, the accommodation options are first rate and many of the sights are unparalleled anywhere in the world,” said Ms. Al Mansoori.

SLTPB’s Middle East office is responsible for all tourism promotional activities in the Arab markets including exhibition participation, marketing visits, presentations and road shows, advertising, brochure distribution, public relations, as well as familiarization visits to the island for influential business and travel journalists.
Comment by Spotlight on Sourcing on September 15, 2009 at 16:24
Drapers article;
Retailers including Next, Marks & Spencer and Tesco could soon lose access to affordable clothing manufacturing in Sri Lanka as the EU looks set to withdraw funding from the country, The Times has reported.

Find out more
Comment by Elizabeth Laskar on June 4, 2009 at 14:34
EFF is looking for an intern who can help on an exciting project - EFF in Sri Lanka. EFF are looking to make a trip out to Sri Lanka this November to meet with stakeholders and we are currently doing some ground work here in the UK. If you are interested in helping to bring this project to fruit please contact me. EL
Comment by Elizabeth Laskar on May 14, 2009 at 18:18
If you are from Sri Lanka or a business/designer/manufacturer based in Sri Lanka please do get in touch. I am looking for stakeholders in taking the ethical fashion initiative ahead in Sri Lanka. Best. Elizabeth

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