Blog: Sri Lanka Design Festival

Joe Ayling | 11 November 2010

just-style has jetted out to Colombo for this year's Sri Lanka Design Festival. The festival, which started up last year, includes an ethical fashion forum, factory visits and catwalk shows.

It is my first experience of the Asian country, which is looking to bounce back from a tsunami and civil war in recent years.

My initial impression from flying Sri Lankan Airlines is that the State is intent on getting back on track, starting with tourism. 'Mother Sri Lanka' was the tagline for the airlines welcome message, which encouraged locals to take pride in rebuilding their country.

Garments, of course, will play a large part of that too, together with ceylon tea, sugar and cinnamon exports.

Driving from the airport to our hotel near Colombo shows that improving infrastructure is central to progress. I am told the Colombo highway is as built up as roads get here, but we are still accompanied by goats, cows, tuk-tuks and fruit carts.

It does all add the charm though, and should make for an insightful week.


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