A showcase of Sri Lankan designs, "ranging from traditional crafts to contemporary fashion, graphic, jewellery and interior design", the MAS Holdings-sponsored Sri Lanka Design Festival will be held on November 11-17 at the Mount Lavinia Hotel, according to a statement by organisers. Sri Lanka is the ultimate stop for the festival in 2010, following a series of international launches that encompassed several European countries, including France, Italy and the UK, it said.
Attendees expected for the Sri Lankan leg of this event include "stakeholders from Sri Lanka’s apparel industry and ethical manufacturing movement, as well as international buyers, retailers, SMEs, designers and fashion designers and opinion leaders".
According to the statement, the highlight of the most recent launch in France, which was held at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Paris, were discussions between organisers and Isabelle Quéhé, founder of the Ethical Fashion Show in Paris. It was further revealed that these discussions had led to an agreement to create an award for a specially selected Sri Lankan designer to showcase their designs at the Ethical Fashion Show in Paris in 2011.