Traditional Sri Lankan Kandiyan attire made with Thai silk was featured at a Grand Fashion Extravaganza organized by the Thai Government to coincide with the National Day of Thailand. This year, the 10th celebration of Silk, ‘Thai Silk Road to the World 2020’, event had 100 countries participating in the fashion show with the Heads of Diplomatic Missions including Sri Lanka and Consuls based in Bangkok, sashaying in specially designed creations from each country.
In keeping with the new normal due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, the designs were created by the fashion design students of vocational colleges around Thailand, in consultation with the fashion designers of participating countries via online platforms. Renowned Sri Lankan fashion designer Darshi Keerthisena, the Creative Director of Buddhi Batiks provided consultation to the fashion design students of Pattani Vocational School to design the Sri Lankan outfit- A Kandyan Osari of hand woven Thai silk and embroidery. The jewelry that mimics Sri Lankan ‘Agasti’, necklace and bangle were also provided by Thai jewelry designers. The costume will be on display for the public at an exhibition that runs till January 2021.
A number of local and foreign media, international design houses, representatives of luxury brands, fashion designers, merchandisers and travel agents participated at the event officiated by Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan –o-cha together with a number of high level dignitaries at the Royal Thai navy convention center. The Fashion show and the grand finale also provided an excellent opportunity to promote Sri Lanka as a travel destination through a promotional video. The event was webcast live on Facebook.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
15th December 2020