• #WhoMadeMyClothes – The quest for ethically produced garments

    24/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    #WhoMadeMyClothes – The quest for ethically produced garments

    The evolution of Sri Lanka's apparel manufacturing process from the status of a mere sewing operator dependent on the textile quotas provided by USA and EU to a major Fashion hub involved with the full cycle of garment production from the design table to the shelf depended on a cleverly placed global and local initiative to change the Sri Lankan approach to garment manufacturing.

    After the discontinuation of global quota system in apparels in the year 2005, Sri Lankan garment manufacturers came up with a clever placement of Sri Lankan apparel trade as the most ethical source of garment manufacturing in the world.

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  • Emerging technologies in Sri Lankan Apparel Industry

    24/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Emerging technologies in Sri Lankan Apparel Industry

    Amidst a growing competition from Asian and East Asian countries with Cyclopean trade zones dedicated to garment production, Sri Lankan fashion and Apparel manufacturers has succeeded in carving a unique niche through heightened ethical practices in labour and environment management.

    Sri Lanka's bold initiative in promoting value against volume in a highly competitive global market succeeded in earning the country an export revenue of nearly Rs. Five billion through garment exports in the last year, placing the local fashion and garment industry as the top foreign revenue earner over traditional exports like Tea, coconut and tourism.

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  • Sleep on natural rubber Latex mattress for improved comfort and health

    23/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Sleep on natural rubber Latex mattress for improved comfort and health

    With a natural resistance against dust mites, bed bugs and microbial orgasms; a high buoyancy and elastic qualities natural latex mattress provides a better goodnight sleep and a luxurious feeling.

    A comfortable sleep requires a responsive surface for pressure relief and appropriate support for the spine and body shape. While mattress manufacturers have been experimenting with various natural and synthetic material for the last five decades trying to find the best combination for an ideal mattress, natural rubber latex has emerged as one of the most suitable materials to create the dream mattress.

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  • Rubber footwear from Sri Lanka

    23/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Rubber footwear from Sri Lanka

    Worn by all, rich and humble alike, rubber slippers, shoes and boots are a must have for all the men, women and children alike and is one of the most widely produced footwear products in the country.

    The most popular rubber footwear of all are the rubber slippers, also known as flip-flops or thongs which are worn on many a feet, whether they are inside the house or outside.

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  • Dutch Lace Makers of Galle

    22/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Dutch Lace Makers of Galle

    Refined into an art at the royal courts of Portugal and developed into an industry in the annals of Dutch Galle, the delicate art of beeralu or Dutch lace making has endured the test of time over generations.

    Once an essential part of the dress of a Southern Belle, Dutch lace is making a comeback in the local fashion scene, thanks to a large number of young designers, who are seeking to add a local touch to their international designs.

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  • Ceylon Sapphires, Alexandrites and Rubies : With Peerless Glitter & Priceless Value

    22/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Ceylon Sapphires, Alexandrites and Rubies : With Peerless Glitter & Priceless Value

    Sri Lanka has been called 'Rathnadvipa' or 'the land of gems' from time immemorial. The allusion is telling given the widely held belief that nearly 70% of the landmass potentially hoards some of the world's most precious stones. The abundance of gemstones on Sri Lankan soil is such that out of some 200 minerals that are classified as gemstones, about 75 varieties are found in Sri Lanka.

    For centuries, Sri Lanka has earned great global renown for its blue sapphires, star sapphires, star rubies and pathmaraga sapphires. Boasting an unusually fine quality, Sri Lankan sapphires come in a wide range of enchanting hues, from deep blues to legendary delicate pinks. The Ceylon blue sapphire is also one of the few sapphires in the world that can be sold as a perfectly natural stone sans heat treatment. All these highly merchantable qualities of Ceylon sapphire help it claim great recognition worldwide - a brand created more by the sellers and consumers than by the producers of the stone.

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  • Sri Lankan Food & Beverage - Nutrition in every bite

    17/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lankan Food & Beverage - Nutrition in every bite

    Although processed food is being painted the villain in the global food scene, a group of Sri Lankan processed food manufacturers are seeking to revive the reputation of processed food by combining nutritious value with convenience and taste.

    In an age, where processed food with a high amount of salt, sugar and oil is being rejected by the majority of the consumers, Sri Lankan processed food manufacturers are combining innovative food processing methods with highly nutritious ingredients to prepare food products that are high in taste and goodness.

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  • Sri Lankan Seafood, the bounties of the Indian Ocean

    17/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lankan Seafood, the bounties of the Indian Ocean

    With an average of over 18,000 mt seafood exports per year, bringing home nearly US$ 250 million in revenue, Sri Lankan Fisheries industry is growing into a major contributor to Sri Lankan exports.

    As a tiny island surrounded by the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is blessed with a large fishing ground filled with the most delicious bounties of the Indian Ocean. With a long history of harvesting the benefits of the surrounding ocean, Sri Lanka is home to a large fishing community who brave mighty waves to bring home the best seafood from the Indian Ocean.

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  • Precious gemstones from Sri Lanka

    17/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Precious gemstones from Sri Lanka

    Of the 200 minerals, that have been classified as precious gemstones, 75 are found in abundance in Sri Lanka, making this pearl shaped small island a big player in global gem and jewellery market.

    Sri Lanka ranks with Myanmar, Brazil, South Africa and Thailand as one of the world's most important gem-bearing nations. Although Sri Lanka is largely known for precious sapphires and rubies, the main types of gemstones found in Sri Lanka belongs to five major categories, which are; corundum, chrysoberyl, spinel, garnet and tourmaline.

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  • Adding lustre to Priceless Gems of Sri Lanka

    17/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Adding lustre to Priceless Gems of Sri Lanka

    With a growing global reputation as a central hub for cutting and polishing diamonds and precious gemstones, Sri Lanka is a main supplier of precious stones to leading jewellery designers and watch making brands in the world.

    Nearly 3000 organisations equipped with trained staff, state-of-the-art equipment and generations of experience are engaged with the task of shaping raw and uncut gemstones to their best look prior to exportation.

    Sri Lankan miners, jewellers and gem traders have been experts in bringing out the best colour, clarity and texture of a gemstone for nearly 30 centuries. Even the earliest gemstones found during the archaeological excavations show signs of advance faceting compared to the rudimentary polishing and cutting methods used in other gem trading countries like India.

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  • Traditional goodness in a cup - Herbal Tea or Tisane of Sri Lanka

    16/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Traditional goodness in a cup - Herbal Tea or Tisane of Sri Lanka

    Free of caffeine and high in antioxidants and essential vitamins and minerals, herbal teas have been an intricate part of traditional Sri Lankan lifestyle.

    Unlike the tea made from tea plant (Camellia sinensis), herbal tea or tisane has a long history as a Sri Lankan traditional beverage and has been one of the main beverages consumed by ancient Sri Lankans before the introduction of coffee and tea to Sri Lanka by British colonial planters.

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  • Nutritious and delicious salads, pickles and desserts in jars from Sri Lanka

    16/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Nutritious and delicious salads, pickles and desserts in jars from Sri Lanka

    Craving for a healthy salad for lunch or a light pudding for dessert? Look no further as an innovative range of salads, pickles and desserts made with fresh Sri Lankan fruit and vegetable are now available worldwide to beat your hunger.

    Made with the freshest pick of Sri Lankan vegetable, meat and seafood; salads in a jar serve the taste and health needs of a large range of consumers from young to old to sick to able. Packed into a palm size jar and chopped into bite sizes, a variety of fresh salads ranging from chicken caesar, chicken noodle, prawns, egg and bacon, soya beans and ham, shredded spring salad, sweet fruit salad and tomato salad are produced by a number of innovative Sri Lankan food producers.

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  • Organic Farming in Sri Lanka

    15/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Organic Farming in Sri Lanka

    As more and more consumers worldwide adopt a sustainable lifestyle that suits the global ecosystem, the demand for organic food products have increased by four-fold during the past five years, making once an unprofitable farming method lucrative and in demand.

    Gluten, a protein composite found in wheat, barley and rye, is the component which gives flour dough its elastic texture helping it rise and keep it shape. Gluten has been a popular plant protein worldwide and has been a part of human food cycle for nearly thousand years.

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  • Storied Sri Lankan Gems Treasured around the World

    15/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Storied Sri Lankan Gems Treasured around the World

    The timeless brilliance of Sri Lankan gems is, indeed, the stuff of legends. This is undoubtedly evident in the fact that a multitude of Sri Lankan gems are being treasured around the world by both top museums and private collectors. This blogpost seeks to mention a couple of the most famous, priceless gems that are so jealously guarded.

    Rosser Reeves Star Ruby

    Weighing some 138.7 carats, the Rosser Reeves Star Ruby is one of the world’s biggest and most precious star rubies. This Sri Lankan stone is famed for its striking colour and noticeable star pattern. Advertising mogul Rosser Reeves, whom this stone is named after, donated this to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. in 1965.

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  • Different flavours and uses of coconut

    14/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Different flavours and uses of coconut

    From super hydrating coconut water to oil rich coconut milk and gluten free coconut flour, coconut is a source of varying tastes and food products, feeding a world with nutritious and tasty products that are easy to prepare and good to eat.

    For every Sri Lankan that ever lived, coconut palm is equal to a wonder tree that delivers to a variety of products from food, cleaning material to shelter.

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  • Creating art with coconut wood

    14/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Creating art with coconut wood

    As a country with a long standing tradition established around the coconut tree, Sri Lankans have had a few traditional uses for coconut wood from producing furniture and household items to using them in roofing as rafters.

    Due to lack of regenerative tissues, the coconut tree does not increase in width with age and maintains a trunk diameter of 20cm to 30cm with an average height of 25 meters. The composition of the coconut timber is similar to conventional hardwood and performs well as a substitute for hardwood.

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  • Gluten-free food product exports from Sri Lanka

    14/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Gluten-free food product exports from Sri Lanka

    With a traditional diet consisting of highly nutritious and gluten free dishes made of rice, rice flour, red millet, red millet flour and a varying range of grams and yams, Sri Lankans have been able to evade the present global controversy over gluten by sticking to the conventional way of living.

    Gluten, a protein composite found in wheat, barley and rye, is the component which gives flour dough its elastic texture helping it rise and keep it shape. Gluten has been a popular plant protein worldwide and has been a part of human food cycle for nearly thousand years.

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  • Relish scrumptious confectionery and bakery products from Sri Lanka

    10/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Relish scrumptious confectionery and bakery products from Sri Lanka

    The crispy brownish cookie feels fresh on the tongue. The chocolate coating sandwiched between the two square-shaped cookies melt in the mouth creating a divine flavour. In a moment, only fabulous after-taste is all that remains of the biscuit. Clutched between thumb and forefinger, the next one of the biscuits leaning downwards in the row come off the hastily torn cover. The same course ensues for the next one and the rest that remain. Wash it down with a cup of well-brewed, fresh tea and the feeling will be little short of 'simply awesome!'

    Whether it's sweet biscuits or chocolate or savoury crackers, confectionery and bakery products from Sri Lanka tingle your tastebuds like no other. Perhaps in keeping with the age-old reputation for hospitality, Sri Lankan bakers and confectioners have mastered the art of taste and concocted a tantalizing array of baked and confectioned delicacies over the years. The news of superior quality and taste has reached offshore into the overseas, resulting in a huge demand for confectionery & bakery product from Sri Lanka.

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  • Fresh fruit and vegetable exports from Sri Lanka

    10/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Fresh fruit and vegetable exports from Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka exports nearly 60,000 metric tons of fresh fruits and vegetables annually with 90% of the production being exported to Middle East and Maldives, earning an income of US$ 69.1 million in the year 2014.

    With a climate and soil conditions proven ideal to the growth of fruits and vegetables, Sri Lanka has been known to produce a large variety of tropical delicacies in demand worldwide. Agriculture, being one of the most popular livelihoods in Sri Lanka, the local markets experience an influx of fresh fruit and vegetable products during the harvesting seasons.

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  • Coconut tree, the wonder tree of Sri Lanka

    10/07/2015

    02/01/2017
    Coconut tree, the wonder tree of Sri Lanka

    We use it in our cooking as oil and as coconut milk, its wood in furnishing and construction, leaves and coconut husks as firewood and in producing coir and coconut shells in kitchen utensils. In short, coconut tree makes the world turn around for many Sri Lankans today as it did thousand years back.

    Coconut is also one of Sri Lanka's three major export crops, bringing home a total revenue of US$ 537.52 millions last year. Known for its great versatility, coconut tree is one of the most important trees in Sri Lanka, may the guidelines be economical or cultural.

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