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Sri Lanka Apparel all set to host first 'Design Festival'
Nov '09
Sri Lanka is gearing up to hold its first annual Design Festival, in a bid to put the country on the map as a source of design as well as a manufacturing destination. The Design Festival will begin from November 27 and will continue till December 5.

The event, which has been organised by the Academy of Design in association with Sri Lanka Apparel, the Export Development Board of Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Industrial Development, and Brandix, will include fashion shows, design exhibitions and workshops.

Sri Lanka Design festival 2009 (SLDF) is the first festival of its kind in Sri Lanka and aims to promote Sri Lanka's creative industries and showcase its creative talent and provide a mélange of aesthetic, ethical and original fashion shows, design exhibitions and workshops.

Fibre2fashion spoke exclusively to the Chairman of Sri Lanka Apparels, Mr A Sukumaran and asked him as to what prompted Sri Lanka Apparel to become the 'Ethical Fashion Symposium Sponsor' of the Sri Lanka Design Festival, to which he said, “The apparel industry in Sri Lanka has set upon itself a challenging task to be one of the world's best suppliers of ready made garments.”

He added by saying, “We have taken an initiative, to work towards high standards of manufacturing which promotes an ethical and an eco-friendly industry and the apparel sector also strongly believes that to meet the global competition and consumer demand we need to be innovative and creative, therefore we have recognised the importance of integrating the industry across the value chain”.

He continued, “The Sri Lanka Design Festival would truly be a showcase of the capabilities of the local industrialists and the support services that are involved in the apparel supply chain and this event would add value and build the image of Sri Lanka Apparel as the industry is focused on reaching high end global market access to sustain industry growth and create employment”.

“At the same time the Design Festival would be a platform to let the world know of the high standards we offer and to portray the true meaning of "Sri Lanka Apparel- Garments without Guilt". The event also has an impressive panel of international thought leaders on sustainable fashion and brands and retailers committed to the cause of sustainable fashion”, he concluded by saying.

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