Yoland Collection Hand Painted Silk Scarves pay tribute to art.
Each scarf is unique, hand dyed and hand painted. Yolanda Aluwihare-Holm - artist and designer - is inspired by the nature, colours and culture of Sri Lanka.
The products are made by small groups of women, each of them experienced and skilled in their work. They are all artists themselves and each scarf is treated as a canvas on which a work of art is created.
Cyraine Ilangakoon Laakso learned to make Frivolite lace from her grandmother when she was around eight years old. This is the foundation for her lace jewellery today.
In 2009, she started making lace snowflakes and lace-decorated baubles as Christmas ornaments. She now designs and makes a wide range of Frivolite lace jewellery, lace ornaments and handmade bead ropes which she sells through her company, Aistikas, located in Hämeenlinna, Finland.
“Aistikas” means “Elegant” in Finnish.
Aistikas also sells high quality handmade silk products made by two, small, family-owned businesses in Sri Lanka. They train local women the crafts of hand dyeing, handweaving and hand painting, and provide them employment
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Barefoot products are designed in Sri Lanka. Every item is specially designed for Barefoot, and is made either by workers at home or by local artists and craftsmen. There are no factories and no production lines; each worker is responsible for the quality of his or her final product. They teach skills and strive for quality from their hand weavers and stitchers. Their workers are not cheap substitute for machinery. This is why Barefoot products cost a little more, but last much longer.
Barefoot works almost exclusively with women, a tradition started 50 years ago. They work in small workshops, most of which are located in the countryside. Barefoot takes work to them rather than expecting them to spend long hours travelling.
Barefoot uses the inspiration of land and seascapes, earth, plants and animals of Sri Lanka in abstract geometry with vivid colour to produce beautiful and useful textiles