In October 2017, Fashion Scout's Digital Editor, Annabel Waterhouse-Biggins and photographers Rory James and Nicholas Kristiansen, traveled to Sri Lanka to participate in the first ever Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Sri Lanka. Showcasing the designs of talented Sri Lankan designers and launching the concept of travel fashion, the event was an amalgamation of artisanal craft and catwalk shows.
Among those to present a collection was Fashion Scout's designer Amesh, who showcased a daring collection for Spring / Summer 2018 in September. Amesh's pieces were accompanied by the soundscape of traditional weaving looms, the melodic rhythms of a weaver operating the ancient machinery.
In this spirit, the team visited Gampaha, where the artisans weave in the comfort of their own communities in the jungle. Creating for brands such as Urban Drape and Urban Island Colombo, available at Fashion Market, the weavers represent the rise of interest in original pieces, which are sold all over the world. Having left with a profound respect for the labour intensive and highly skilled work that the artisans complete, the only way to communicate such an experience, is through film. Here we announce the release of 'The Weavers of Gampaha' a short film of the experience, shot, directed and edited by Rory James.
Words by Annabel Waterhouse-Biggins
Short Film by Rory James