Monday 21st April 2014

Nithya: New Colombo handloom chic arrives at Melaché

Published : 12:10 am  July 17, 2013  |  Category: FT LITE, Lifestyle  |  1 Comment  |  1,190 views  |  
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nithya is a newly minted designer brand that reinvents Sri Lanka’s ancient craft of handloom with contemporary elegance. Newly introducing handloom into markets that value stylish and elegant fashion, nithya also produces denim saris, Tartan checks, refreshing acid yellows and earthy browns in handloom fabrics cut into easy, flattering silhouettes. nithya was launched in 2012 by the young fashion designer Nithya Lamahewa graduating from Northumbria University UK at AOD campus in Colombo. The designer Nithya has an eye for the intricate fabric weaving mastery of traditional weavers and uses her international education in fashion to present it with a never-seen-before contemporary flair. She... 


New landmark Laksala showroom under Divi Neguma program

Published : 12:01 am  July 17, 2013  |  Category: FT LITE, Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  519 views  |  

With the objective of popularising and promoting the Sri Lankan handy-crafts industry both locally and globally, Laksala, the oldest and most well known gift and souvenir boutique in Sri Lanka will open its landmark store in the Colombo Museum premise at the end of this month. Positioned as the ‘National Museum Gallery Café’, the state of the art showroom which is being constructed at a cost of Rs. 185 million falls under the Divi Neguma social development scheme with the guidance of Minister for Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa. While the cabinet has approved Rs. 220 million for the Museum outlet project, the sum spent for the first phase will amount to approximately Rs. 185 million,... 


Shilpa 2013 to celebrate heritage of handicrafts

Published : 12:00 am  July 17, 2013  |  Category: FT LITE, Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  536 views  |  

By Paranagamage Waruni and Gunamala Sajeewani The National Crafts Council (NCC) will hold Shilpa 2013 under the theme ‘Celebrating Sri Lanka handicraft’s heritage’ from 15 to 18 August at the BMICH. Functioning under the aegis of the Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises Development, NCC said the event is expected attract a large number of exhibitors and buyers and be a big boost for the handicraft industry. NCC Chairman Buddhi Keerthisena emphasised that Shilpa 2013 is not just only a festival but also a very good opportunity to promote handicrafts among people locally, regionally and internationally, especially in the tourism industry. At previous Handicrafts Exhibition... 


Modest fashion options from Haya

Published : 12:00 am  July 17, 2013  |  Category: FT LITE, Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  492 views  |  

Haya – a brand of fine quality shawls, scarves and hijab accessories imported from Malaysia – has a brand new stock of items suited for Muslim women during the Ramadan season including high quality branded items from popular labels such as Mortada and Rozello. With a choice of vibrant colours, fabrics and lengths; one can find any style they require. Haya offers a vibrant array of printed and plain colours that you can match with your readymade outfits. Offering a range of the latest in silks, cottons, stretch cotton and pashmina shawls and hijabs – Haya is a name to keep in mind for all your modest fashion requirements. Haya will also introduce a special “Prayer Kit” which includes... 


When Andare hit the screen

Published : 12:00 am  July 13, 2013  |  Category: Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  618 views  |  

Reading about the exhibition of Tilak Samarawickrema’s efforts with the weavers of Talagune now being held at the Lionel Wendt, I was reminded of my close association with him at a time when he had just returned from Italy after many years. Tilak was experimenting with his newly acquired talent – contemporary designs for traditional Sri Lankan wall hangings. I was handling PR at CTC in the days when CSR was an unknown term. We at CTC looked at promoting Sinhala art and culture. We sponsored many a cultural event including the annual Sinhala drama festival for several years. We gave interest free loans to talented dramatists to produce Sinhala plays. In the process I met Tilak who was relatively... 


‘Evergreens Live’ takes to the stage tonight

Published : 12:00 am  July 13, 2013  |  Category: Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  572 views  |  

Melodies of the seventies and the eighties will be brought to life when Annesley Malawana and the Super Chimes together with a host of other guest artistes take to the stage at the Musaeus College Auditorium this evening at 7 p.m. The ‘Evergreens Live’ is a musical show organised by The Management Club (TMC) which will showcase the ever popular hits of the ’70s and ’80s. Annesley Malawana and his band Super Chimes will perform with 10 others – Mariezelle Gunathilleke, Anil Bharathi, Priya Peiris, Walter Fernando, Ronnie Leitch, Dharmaratne Brothers, Rajiv Sebastian, Priyantha Fernando, Neil Warnakulasuriya and Paul Fernando who captivated the audiences during that period. The three... 


Hymnfest ’13 this Sunday

Published : 12:00 am  July 13, 2013  |  Category: Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  424 views  |  

St. Andrew’s Scots Kirk presents Hymnfest ’13, a popular and much-awaited festival of hymns with fantastic arrangements for congregation, choirs, brass and organ. The concert will take place on Sunday 14 July at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Scots Kirk No. 73, Galle Road Colombo 3. Entrance is free with a retiring offering taken at the end. You are all welcome to attend and to bring along your friends and family. The evening will feature some of the best loved hymns that have been based on the psalms or have biblical references. The hymns will include ‘Praise to the Lord the almighty,’ ‘The Lord’s my shepherd,’ ‘O God our help in ages,’ ‘Through all the changing scenes of life,’... 


‘OPEN CALL’ Book-inspired art

Published : 12:00 am  July 13, 2013  |  Category: Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  602 views  |  

By David Ebert An innovative exhibition titled ‘Open Call’ was held last week at the Park Street Mews featuring a host of experienced artists as well as young artists from the provinces, in response to the call by Mobile Library and the Sri Lanka Archive of Contemporary Art, Architecture and Design. A total of 16 proposals were selected and were exhibited as part of the closing event for Mobile Library. The artworks reflect a cross-section of approaches and mediums. All the works make reference to the books in the library. Some take the form of book-based works, while others are inspired by the content of different books and a few are created with the actual books from the library.  The... 


Musicmatters at Mews today!

Published : 12:00 am  July 13, 2013  |  Category: Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  442 views  |  

nShowcasing non-mainstream musical performances that draw on diverse influences Whether by choice or not, everybody knows the sound of mainstream music. It is the music fed to us through the mass media, tied in with the promotion of consumer products, and which preys on our need to conform to popular taste, and distract ourselves with escapist entertainment. Yet alongside the mainstream, every society has its ‘alternative’ music; music that tries to detach itself from the conventional, in order to free the musician to express his/her unrestricted artistic potential. This is music that can be appreciated, not necessarily for its surface appeal, but for its originality, raw beauty, and spontaneous... 


In search of a king

Published : 12:00 am  July 13, 2013  |  Category: Lifestyle  |  Leave a Comment  |  752 views  |  

By Cheranka Mendis A veteran in the tourism circle now engaged in ecological sustainability in development, Srilal Miththapala is well-known not only in business and industry circles, but has made a name for himself as an avid wildlife lover, or perhaps more specifically an elephant lover. Championing the case of elephant translocation as well as looking into their habitats and preservation for years, Miththapala’s interest in elephants dates back to long years, when he was still a toddler, running behind his father and sitting in front of the largest land mammals in the zoo, fascinated by their grace in movement. Introduced to wildlife at a very young age as his father was a surveyor and spent... 


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