Screenshot from charini.com
Sri Lanka has long been in the jungi business, either making them for the west or washing them for the Middle East. Now people are moving upstream, to designing lingerie. Charini Suriyage has just launched her own designs at London Fashion Week. The Sri Lanka Design Festival is on in November and even on the street level, people are becoming more fashion conscious.
I remember when the most prominent item in Sri Lanka used to be a Titanic T-Shirt (wish I had one) or one spelled Calvin Klien. Now average dudes (and dudettes) pay way more attention and seem to have a bit more disposable income to do so. Some of the t-shirts have ridiculous slogans and some of the jeans have far too many frays, buttons and straps, but sometimes it comes off OK, and it’s evolving.
In Sri Lanka there has been big money in the garment industry and slowly the companies have grown into design. I saw this happening through friends at MAS and now it seems to have matured with Suriyage, a MAS alum, launching her own collection abroad. Props.