Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka Sustainable Fashion Brands in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan Clothing Brands That Does Sustainable Fashion Right!

It’s high time to love our surroundings as we love fashion.

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Are you tired of seeing the label “green” in places that you think doesn’t belong? We are too, and the recent callout on H&M on their “sustainable” marketing  is the latest reminder to look out for authentic sustainable fashion. Here’s a list of genuinely sustainable fashion clothing brands that can change the way you dress and live right here in sunny Sri Lanka.

House of Lonali:

A label that upcycles waste from large factories and thus, avoids the irresponsible discarding of those materials. They sell a whole range of contemporary clothing, clutches, and shoes that are street-style friendly — and they’re all made by the local artisans working under fair working conditions from the cottage industries in Sri Lanka.

You can shop them at The Design Collective  or their website.

Selyn:

Probably the most popular fair-trade certified handloom company in the country is dedicatedly working towards empowering women. They started in 1991 with a group of 15 local women, and now hundreds of them are earning a fair living through Selyn

The brand is colourful, relevant, and recently expanded by launching its sub-brand — Sthri. This collection stays true to their vision of uplifting the lives of the women in Sri Lanka by focusing on  stylish and comfortable pieces that’s perf for the Lankan working woman!

Their store in Colombo is located in Fife Road and they are also based in Kandy, Kurunegala, and Negombo. You can find them at The Design Collective, too!

Buddhi Batiks:

The brand started off in 1970 by hiring women from and around Koswadiya. Since then, the economic development of the village has flourished! The stunning batik prints are done using bio-degradable dyes, and in the pursuit of becoming more sustainable, they’ve formed a circular economy within which they use leftovers of the other pieces to form a unique number.

Buddhi Batiks reached international fame in the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange (2018). And, this year, at the Met Gala, Lydia Firth was spotted wearing it!

You can find their pieces at their store in Ward Place and The Design Collective.

 

Wax Raqqs:

Formerly known as Pras and Danties, this was founded by Dinushi Pamunuwa to protect the income of women which was put to question by companies who digitally print the batik effect onto fabrics.

Get these chic batik pieces  lingerie, swimwear, resort-wear, clothing, accessories ( made using wax-resistant dyes!) at their store on Stratford Avenue.

 

Pathanny:

A budding brand that creates clothes with one-of-a-kind prints using ethically sourced dyes.

Follow them on Instagram to see what they’re up to and slide into their DMs to make a conscious order.

Anuk:

Sustainably produced silk numbers? Hell, yes—sign me up! Anuk’s pieces are ideal if you want to amp up your wardrobe. Check out their no-waste collection that’s brimming with items with rare patterns created with leftover pieces.

Shop through their website or PR Sri Lanka.

 

Lovi Sarongs:

Everyone’s fave sarong brand recently collaborated with the wildlife painter, Gamini Ratnavira to create a stylish collection. The proceeds from these sales go to the Natalie Ratnavira Environmental Education Centre.

Shop the collection at The Design Collective or from their online store

 

 

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