I also had a chance to do some shopping while in SL and I am excited to introduce some new clothes to our store. As always it was important for us to buy ethically made clothing and I am happy to have found two projects that support Sri Lankan women who create amazing handmade clothing.
The first is a HSBC funded program that supports women who lost their husbands in the tsunami. The women are now the sole providers for their families and use their talent and handwork to support themselves and their children. Each of the garments is handmade including the bobbin lace which I was in awe of. Lacemaking was first introduced into Sri Lanka by the Portuguese in the 16th century and is now widely practiced.
The second project is a Government run project that promotes village industry. I found these amazing batik dresses which have been painted and dyed by hand.
Batik has been practiced in Sri Lanka for years and their are many skilled artisans. All of these items will be available online within the next couple of weeks and will be available at Hide and Seek this weekend.
We would love to hear your feedback on these items so let us know what you think.