Barefoot is an ethical company set up in Sri Lanka to provide employment to artisans and help them make a living producing traditional Sri Lankan arts and crafts. We source our Dumbara weave cushion covers from them.
This company was started by a young man with a vision - to recycle old newspapers. From a room in the back of his house, he developed the technique to make these amazing products. He now provides employment to women in rural communities who can work from home or in the workshop, on a full or part-time basis.
Janaka de Silva
Janaka paints wooden plates and recycled wooden panels with Buddhist motifs and scenes often featured in Sri Lankan temples.
This small business in Sri Lanka is owned and run by a young couple who work from home. Everything they produce is handmade using local materials. They specialise in jewellery and coconut shell crafts.
Kandyan Arts Association
This company is a Sri Lankan government-sponsored organisation that aims to maintain and support traditional arts and crafts in Sri Lanka, and the livelihoods of local craftsmen and women who make these products.
This is a company which makes paper products out of elephant dung. The process involves extensive washing so the final result is odourless and very eco-friendly!
Mr Thennakoon runs a family business hand-turning and finishing products made from coconut wood.
Sanjeevane is an award-winning lacquer artist in Sri Lanka. He works from his home in a small village in the central hill country of Sri Lanka to create delicately etched lacquer pots. He uses traditional methods of pot turning, applying the lacquer and etching.