She born Yolanda, the eldest in the Kotelawala family. An early marriage at 17 years to Tissa Aluvihare and she was blessed with a son Aslisa and a daughter Nisadevi. With tons of free time on her hands she began dabbling in the batik business – drawing and designing, creating and colouring, and turning out pieces of batik.
Word went around and the orders came pouring in. A hit during the 1976 Non-Aligned Conference, Yoland Batiks were then to dazzle foreign buyers and conquer overseas markets. There were lots of awards – both local and international.
There was no turning back. Success trails her even to this day.
Yoland Aluvihare-Holm is still as simple and unassuming ... as the naïve and inexperienced entrepreneur she once was. A practicing and very devout Buddhist, she’s neither the “party-girl” nor the “cocktail-lady’ of Colombo society, but would rather sit on her balcony with husband Veinert Holm and gaze at the changing colours of the sunset.
She has just been selected as one of the nominees for the ‘FASHION ASIA AWARDS’ to be held in Beijing - China, on 18 March 2011 for the ‘TOP ASIAN SELLING BRAND OF THE YEAR’.
Join Yoland as she explodes on screen with her success story ... on Prime TV’s ‘Celeb Chat’ at 9.30 pm on Monday 7 February.
Repeat programme will be on Tuesday 8 February at 3.00 am, 11.00 am and 8.00 pm.
Catch the Prime TV on UHF 24, Channel 75 on Dialog TV and on PEO TV.