• #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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  • 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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  • EDB & JAAF showcase Lankan apparels to Latin America

    12/06/2015 EDB Media Unit

    02/01/2017
    EDB & JAAF showcase Lankan apparels to Latin America

    Sri Lanka apparel delegates at BIAS 2015 show, Sao Paulo.

    As Sri Lankan annual apparel exports closed in on the crucial $5 Bn mark, South America’s largest apparel market was given a preview of Lankan fashion when the Brazil International Apparel Sourcing Show 2015 (BIAS 2015) opened in Sao Paulo on 27 May.

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  • 'Garments without Guilt' from Sri Lankan Apparel Manufacturers & Suppliers

    08/06/2015

    02/01/2017
    'Garments without Guilt' from Sri Lankan Apparel Manufacturers & Suppliers

    In a post-quota era, where competition with mass garment manufacturers is destructive to the workforce as well as to the industry, Sri Lankan garment manufacturers have reinvented themselves as environment friendly, ethical employers of labour.

    With the ending of the global quota system in apparels in the year 2005, Sri Lankan garment manufactures were faced with two extreme options. The first was to compete with global giants in mass garment manufacturing in India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and China and the second was to go for a less competitive yet highly risky option of re-branding themselves as eco-friendly and labour friendly producers of quality garments.

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  • CEMS-Global’s 3 intl. expos for textile and garment sector kick off

    13/03/2015

    02/01/2017
    CEMS-Global’s 3 intl. expos for textile and garment sector kick off

    CEMS-Global USA’s three comprehensive international exhibitions focused on the entire textile and garment sector of Sri Lanka – ‘6th Textech Sri Lanka 2015 International Expo,’ an international exhibition on textile garment technology and machinery,’ along with concurrent exhibitions ‘20th Dye+Chem Sri Lanka 2015 Int’l Expo,’ an int’l exhibition on dyes and fine and specialty chemicals, and ‘6th Colombo Int’l Yarn & Fabric Show 2015’ kicked off yesterday at the Sri Lanka Exhibition & Convention Centre (SLECC), Colombo. The exhibitions will run through 14 March.

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  • Sri Lanka Targets US $8.5 Billion in Apparel Exports Earnings by 2020

    10/03/2015

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka Targets US $8.5 Billion in Apparel Exports Earnings by 2020

    Sri Lanka’s apparel industry is well on its path to meet the apparel export target of US $8.5 billion by 2020. Apparel exports which bring the largest export income to the country have recorded an increase of 9.26% YoY by earning US $4.9 billion in the year of 2014. In 2013, earnings from apparel rose by 13% YoY, recording a $4.5 billion surpassing the US $4 billion target initially set by the apparel industry.

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  • EDB to host international delegation at SLDF 2014

    05/12/2014 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    EDB to host international delegation at SLDF 2014

    Lanka Design Festival (SLDF) 2014, which is backed by local industries and the Government, is scheduled to kick off over the next few days.

    The main objective of the festival is to promote design driven exports as a major economic sector for the country. For this reason, SLDF is supported by Sri Lanka’s apex institute for driving exports, the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB).

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  • New dimension in Lankan fashion and apparel to debut at SLDF 2014

    02/12/2014 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    New dimension in Lankan fashion and apparel to debut at SLDF 2014

    Sri Lanka Design Festival’s 2014 fashion edition is taking shape with a preview into Sri Lanka’s brand-led future in fashion. Taking a giant step forward from the country’s longstanding reputation as a sustainable and technologically advanced manufacturing destination, Sri Lanka is about to forge its reputation as a fashion industry with its own brands. Sri Lanka Design Festival is the platform for this major step for Sri Lanka, and its sixth successful fashion edition is scheduled to unfold this week.

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  • EDB in global apparel breakthrough

    26/11/2014 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    EDB in global apparel breakthrough

    • Secures links with world’s largest textile retailer ZARA
    • 6-member EDB-led delegation to Spain
    • Brandix, Timex, Fergasam in pioneering session
    • September apparel exports up by 4.4%

    For the first time in Sri Lanka’s apparel history, the EDB, Sri Lanka’s apex export facilitator, has directly linked top Lankan apparel suppliers with the world’s largest textile retailer, Spain’s ZARA on 29 October. The facilitator, the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB), is stepping up its support for apparel market diversification.

    “Though the Lankan apparel sector caters to many international brands, such as Victoria’s Secret, Gap, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger and Marks & Spencer, we still haven’t been able to manufacture for the Zara brand, the world’s largest fashion retailer. This successful effort directly linked our apparels to Zara for the first time,” said EDB Director – Industrial Products Chitranjali Dissanayake recently.

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  • EDB secures links with world’s largest textile retailer ZARA

    26/11/2014 Daily News

    02/01/2017
    EDB secures links with world’s largest textile retailer ZARA

    For the first time in Sri Lanka’s apparel history, the Export Development Board has directly linked top Lankan apparel suppliers with the world’s largest textile retailer, Spain’s ZARA and is stepping up its support for apparel market diversification.

    “Though the Lankan apparel sector caters to many international brands, we have still not been able to manufacture to Zara brand, the world largest fashion retailer.

    This successful effort directly linked our apparels to Zara for the first time,” said Chitranjali Dissanayake (Director-Industrial Products of SLEDB).

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  • Taiwan textile fair opens in Colombo

    25/11/2014 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    Taiwan textile fair opens in Colombo

    The Taiwan textile industry is the acknowledged world leader in research, development and manufacturing of fabric and garment accessories. The highly successful Taiwan Textile Fairs brings together leading suppliers of textiles and related products from Taiwan, one of the world’s largest apparel textiles exporting countries to Sri Lanka, at the Taiwan Textiles Fairs in South Asia 2014.

    The fairs will showcase innovative and high performance functional textiles for apparel, bags, shoes, rainwear, etc. to Sri Lankan manufacturers. The fair will be held on 24 and 25 November at the Grand Crystal Ballroom of the Taj Samudra Hotel.

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  • Sri Lankan Apparel: Superior Quality, Iconic Designs & Ethical Business Practices

    14/11/2014

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lankan Apparel: Superior Quality, Iconic Designs & Ethical Business Practices

    The storied iconic brands in the fashion industry, say, Nike, Diesel, Victoria’s Secrets, Mark & Spencer, H & M, GAP, NEXT, Levi’s among many others that are synonymous with exceptional fashion clothing rely on Sri Lanka as their topmost Apparel Sourcing Destination. Sri Lankan Apparel Exports mainly include Casual Wear, Fashion Wear, Intimate Wear, Swim Wear, Sports Wear, Uniform & Workwear and Children's Wear.

    Thanks to an abundance of trainable and skilled labour force, technology infrastructure and visionary leadership, Sri Lankan Apparel  industry has seen rapid growth and earned the trust and loyalty from the world leading Fashion brands that are unblinkingly strict about quality and socially compliant manufacturing practices.

    Amidst a number of countries that export apparel, Sri Lanka enjoys a privileged position as a prime sourcing destination for garments without guilt. At the heart of this phenomenal success lies the philosophy that ‘Ethical Business is not a practice but a way of life’. The official website of Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) proclaims “We take pride in saying that Ethical Business Practices and Responsible Commerce at Sri Lanka's Apparel Industry are not a response to increasing need and demand for 'Ethical Products' and satisfy Business Compliance, but has been a Way of Life for last 30 years across the 350 plants and over 1 Million strong workforce.”

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  • Sri Lanka attends ICC Conference on Global Economic recovery in Dhaka

    31/10/2014 Asian Tribune

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka attends ICC Conference on Global Economic recovery in Dhaka

    The Export Development Board of Sri Lanka led a trade delegation from Sri Lanka to participate at the International Chamber of Commerce Conference on Global Economic Recovery which was held in Dhaka on 25-26th October 2014.

    On the sidelines of the Conference, nine Sri Lankan companies included in the delegation participated in two Business Match-Making sessions with the members of the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) and the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) at two events on 27th October. The participating companies represented printed packaging products, garment and textile accessories, IT and education, food processing and electric cable sectors. The delegation also met with the senior officials of the Board of Investment of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.

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  • Sri Lanka looks to dress more Brazilians

    22/09/2014 Daily FT

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka looks to dress more Brazilians


    Sri Lanka’s apparel sector is looking to dress more Brazilians as the first ever industry delegation kicks off a promotional tour today to tap potential in the giant South American market.

    In an effort to expand the buyer base for Lankan apparels, the Export Development Board (EDB) and the Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) together with the Sri Lanka Embassy in Brazil has organised the six day promotional program from 22 to 27 September.

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  • Lanka-China FTA electrifies $8B global apparel giant to action

    06/09/2014 Asian Tribune

    02/01/2017
    Lanka-China FTA electrifies $8B global apparel giant to action

    Rishad Bathiudeen (Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka–second from right) and HE Azmi Zainuddin (Malaysian High Commissioner to Colombo-second from left) join to inaugurate Global Rubber Conference 2014 (to be held in October in Colombo) on 28 August in Colombo as Dr Abdul Aziz (Secretary General of International Rubber Research & Development Board-far left) and Bandula Egodage (Chairman & CEO-EDB-far right) look on.

    The forthcoming Lanka-China FTA has electrified no less than a $8B global apparel giant who is also the world’s largest shirt maker. “We are very excited about the forthcoming Lanka-China FTA; having duty free market access to China is very important for us as an apparel sourcing firm and the benefits are great.

    This is even more important for us since we have considerable income from Asia-30% of our turnover from Calvin Klein brand alone originates from Asia!” said Mark Green, the Executive Vice President of Global Supply Chain of New York’s PVH Corporation on 14 August in Colombo.

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  • SL Apparel Industry in a Global Context and Future Fortunes

    17/06/2014 Daily Mirror

    02/01/2017
    SL Apparel Industry in a Global Context and Future Fortunes

    The Sri Lankan apparel trade today is well renowned around the world to be the most cutting-edge and innovative when it comes to apparel manufacturing.

    With a very long history of manufacturing in the island and throughout the challenges which this industry has faced to this day, the garment manufacturing  stands much stronger than it has been ever before where the exports from this industry within a year increased by 11 percent (which was the biggest increase annually in 2013 compared with initial years) and by end November 2013 the exports earnings from this industry in Sri Lanka stood at US $2.876 billion, which is a substantial amount of foreign exchange bought into the country by a single industry.

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  • Apparel exports up by 20% to $ 1,257 m

    12/05/2014 Daily News

    02/01/2017
    Apparel exports up by 20% to $ 1,257 m

    Sri Lanka's first quarter exports registered a positive growth of 16%, while monthly exports for March jumped by as much as 27%.

    "This is encouraging for our efforts towards $ 20 bn export goal by 2020 as envisioned by President Mahinda Rajapaksa," said Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce on May 9 in Colombo.

    Accordingly, this year's first quarter provisional exports totalled $ 2.80 bn while the comparative 2013 first quarter total exports stood at $ 2.36 bn, showing a 15.7% Q-on-Q growth.

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  • SL to place its export products on top e-commerce portal

    11/05/2014 The Island

    02/01/2017
    SL to place its export products on top e-commerce portal

    As Lanka's exports to Japan topped $ 223 Mn mark, Sri Lanka is mulling a strategic, fast-track entry to one of the most coveted online markets in the world-Japan. "Japan is the second biggest retail market in the world. Japanese are also heavy internet users with a large e-commerce base. Using a top Japanese online giant like Rakuten could give Lankan exporters a wide-coverage and a low cost entry to this promising market" said Sujatha Weerakoone (DG-EDB) on 02 May at EDB premises.

    DG Weerakoone was addressing the EDB organized event "Japan's Rakuten Platform for Sri Lankan Products" held for Lankan exporters on 02 May at EDB. The session consisted of a special in-depth presentation by Japan's Kanagawa based Takashi Yoshino (Principal, Y and F Associates LLC) who, in a his presentation, shoed in-depth of the pros and cons, and how to create an online strategy for Lankan exporters to Japan. Eager representatives from more than 40 Lankan export firms were present at the session.

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  • Sri Lanka's textile & garment exports grow 6.6% in Feb'14

    06/05/2014 Fibre2Fashion

    02/01/2017
    Sri Lanka's textile & garment exports grow 6.6% in Feb'14

    Sri Lanka’s earnings from exports of textiles and garments grew by 6.6 percent to US$ 396.2 million in February 2014, compared to earnings of $371.6 million recorded in same month last year, according to a press release on ‘External Sector Performance – February 2014’ issued by the Economics Research Department of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

    The statement reflected two key trends in Sri Lanka’s textile and garment trade—an increase in apparel exports to non-traditional markets and a higher local value addition in the clothing industry.

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