Textiles From Sri Lanka
The legendary history
of the weaving industry of Sri Lanka has almost 3 thousand years. And today Sri Lanka is distinguished by the fact that the deep traditions of manual and machine production of unique fabrics are alive here. They reflect the richest heritage and cultural diversity in the technology of creating true masterpieces of weaving art. Weaving is one of the oldest industries in the world, and the history of weaving goes back to the early stage of the development of human civilization. According to some historical and archaeological evidence, weaving was known to man in the Paleolithic era.
Textile industry in Sri Lanka has one of the longest stories on Earth. This art was first recorded in detail and described in 543 BC. in the Mahavamsa. The chronicles report that when the leader of the Indian rebels, the great Indian prince and the first king of the sinhalese State of Vijaya arrived in Sri Lanka in Tamannavu (the present Mannar area
), he met representatives of a local tribe who were clothed. Subsequently, a representative of this tribe, the beautiful Kuveni, became the wife of King Vijaya. Kuveni all his life was very fond of cotton apparels.
Ancient trade records of Sri Lanka talk about the cotton trade between Lanka and other countries. These same records depict designs of weaving designs that were brought to Lanka by foreign merchants from India and Egypt.
After nearly 3000 years, weaving traditions and hand-held machines are still quite common among the weavers of Sri Lanka. These ancient machines faithfully serve their owners. They are carefully transferred from generation to generation. Only according to approximate estimates for today there are about 10,000 manufacturers of fabric and products from it. Hereditary manufactures are scattered throughout the Western, Central, Eastern, Southern and Northern provinces of Sri Lanka. Many producers of homespun products are small proprietors or specialists hired by private, cooperative and state institutions, which, in the main, serve the growing domestic and export markets.
In 2014, Sri Lanka exported handmade weaving products for more than 1 million 100 thousand dollars, including clothing, fabrics, upholstery fabrics for furniture, curtains, homespun bags, soft toys, hand-woven carpets and tapestries in the Maldives, South Korea, Great Britain, Sweden, Australia, the Netherlands, Spain and the USA. Made from cotton and silk materials of bright colors, weaving products from Sri Lanka are widely used by leading couturiers and decorators of the world in creating new fashion products. In the West, in recent years, there has been a real boom in the decoration of homes with homespun curtains, kitchen and table linens, carpets and bed linens produced in Sri Lanka.
It is Sri Lankan clothing manufacturers who have long been the official suppliers of fabrics for leading fashion houses. Such world brands as Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, C & A, Calvin Klein, Chantelle Group, Columbia, Gap, Gloria Vanderbilt, Intimissimi, Lands' End, Marks & Spencer, Next, Old Navy, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sainsbury, The Limited, Victoria's Secret, as well as a number of local fashion designers have long appreciated the Sri Lankan fabric quality, preferring to use products from Sri Lanka when creating the very top collections of clothing and interior items. And this is understandable. Against the background of the highest quality of fabrics, cotton and silk, Sri Lankan masters are not afraid to experiment with bold colors, textures and materials, sensitively catching the trends and requirements of both the mass market and the fashion industry.
Today, a number of new home-made designs for wedding and everyday saris, made of silk and polished cotton, bright homespun caftans, sarongs and shawls, hand-woven tapestries and carpets from Sri Lanka have been rated almost all over the world. Many and many tourists who visit Sri Lanka make purchases in the leading homes of the country. Clothes made in the style of batik
, with excellent painting and unique ornaments, exclusive, in single copies, invariably extremely popular with guests of our country. With the increasing demand for environmentally friendly and natural handmade products, fabrics and garments from Sri Lanka have great competitive advantages and opportunities for global expansion.
offers direct supplies of fabrics, clothes, interior items from fabric on a flexible and attractive basis directly from a warehouse in Sri Lanka. We can conduct for you a detailed tour to get acquainted with the full range of textile products during your stay in Sri Lanka. With terms of deliveries to your country of small, medium (Sri Lanka Post) and large quantities of textiles, both fabrics and finished goods (Cargo), you can get by sending a request to Lankarus
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