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Ethical fashion designers from Sri Lanka launch into Europe
Aug '11
The Sri Lanka Design Festival (SLDF) Ethical Fashion Award searches for and launches exceptional design talent from Sri Lanka and South East Asia into Europe. Supported by industry and commercial partners, the award aims to support South East Asian designers through brand and design development to reach new markets and expand their business potentials.

“We are excited to see the exceptional work of the winners of the SLDF Ethical Fashion Award. Both Charini Suriyage and Kanchana Talpawila build on the strong ethical manufacturing background of Sri Lanka, and drawing on the local artisanal roots to create fabulous, sustainable apparel. We are keen to build sustainable design capabilities of Sri Lankan designers and this is a strong first step towards that goal.”
Dian Gomes, Group Director, MAS Holdings, Sri Lanka

Supporting local artisanal communities, providing livelihoods through cooperative collaborations, up-cycling textiles to applying innovative techniques to save water and energy – the SLDF Ethical Fashion Award continues to celebrate a principled approach towards fashion and through partnering with European commercial platforms introduces international designers onto new markets.

“Design with a conscience that is socially and ecologically aware and active is the kind of design that can make a positive impact on society and our planet; and that is the kind of design that we need for the future and therefore the kind of design we need to encourage. SLDF Ethical Fashion Award recognizes of fashion designers and entrepreneurs who make sustainability and ethical commitments a core element of their practice. SLDF aims to encourage a new movement in fashion and design thinking, and this award is a key part of this creative revolution” Linda Speldewinde, Founder of Sri Lanka Design Festival, Sri Lanka

The 'British Council –Sri Lanka' and the Carbon Consulting Company have also supported the award as knowledge partners. The award will launch again this year as the SLDF continues to support young talented eco designers to launch into the European fashion platform.

K T Brown

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