Capacity Building
27 May 2022

“Mastering” Sri Lankan craft for EU market

After a year of research of the fashion, handloom and batik sectors in Sri Lanka, the Cultural Relations Platform announces a pilot training, as a form of “master class/experience” of European and Sri Lankan creatives coming together to master their craft and creativity.

The pilot training stems from the conclusions of the research that highlight the need to support and harness the creative community of Sri Lanka that already work and engage with the traditional and living crafts. The pilot training was guided by Robert Meeder, a professor of practice and was also seen as an opportunity to allow participants to network and share insights and experiences that work towards a collaborative creative community.

Content contributors, on the other hand, came from the pool of EU research participants with a Sri Lankan shared heritage, such as the UK/EU designer Ranura Edirisinghe (currently a textile designer at Burberry) and the Italian designer Andrea Brocca Senanayakethe world’s youngest couture designer. Both of whom share an additional personal connection with Sri Lanka; Ranura was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in the UK and Andrea is half Italian and Sri Lankan and grew up living between Italy and the Middle East.

For the pilot training, a combination of Sri Lankan companies who have participated in the research project (Barefoot, Kantala, Selyn) were invited to nominate “young creative” staff to participate along with additional freelance designers.

The activity also created an opportunity through a virtual/digital platform for permanent sharing, networking, and supporting the growth of young Sri Lanka talents. “Mastering” Sri Lankan craft for EU market” was implemented, coordinated and facilitated by the Cultural Relations Platform for the EU Delegation in Sri Lanka

Ada Deranathe number one news website in Sri Lanka, has published our article “Mastering Sri Lankan craft for EU market”. They highlighted our content contributors, Ranura Edirisinghe and Andrea Brocca Senanayake. Read the full material here.

Eyeview, the Sri Lankan news portal about international business trends and local industry insights has also published our article. You can read the full content here.

Lanka Business News, one of the leading online business portals in Sri Lanka  has published our article as well. You can have access to the full material here.

CeylonToday, an interactive newspaper encompassing political interviews, human interest stories and issue-based analyses has published our article too. You can check the full material here.