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April 01, 2017

These 5 Sri Lankan Designers Are Redefining Ceylon Fashion

Text by Tanisha Choudhury and Sadaf Shaikh

Get to know more about their label, design aesthetics and vision for the future


On designing
“As cliched as it may sound, designing has been a dream that I’ve worked towards since my young days. On completing my primary education, I enrolled myself into the Academy of Design in Colombo to study fashion designing. With my degree in hand, I went on to work with a well-known Sri Lankan designer and then started my own batik brand.”

About La Pard
“La Pard is a luxury batik brand that specialises in resort wear, swimwear and nightwear. Our main focus is to highlight traditional wax-resistant dyeing techniques and keep the craft alive by employing local artisans. We strive to take batik to the international runway and break away from its conventional treatment.”

Design aesthetic
“LaPard focuses on clean, elegant and refined garments that can be worn during both formal and casual occasions. We infuse batik surface designs in a way that it is not traditional, but comfortable, functional and classy.”

“I draw inspiration from basic things like architecture or structures of windows. Silhouette designs are subject to the muse we have in mind – our clothes are for the everyday woman who believes less is more.”

Vision for the label
“I aspire to make LaPard a brand that is known both locally and internationally and does justice to the craft and innovation of traditional batik craft.”

Favourite piece
“The white pant and cotton top combination is one of my favourite outfits from the collection. The monochrome striped dress would be another one along with the turquoise-blue and sea green floor length dress.”

Favourite Indian designers
“Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Abraham and Thakore.”

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