My aim at Serendip is to support traditional handmade crafts in Sri Lanka, and encourage ecological methods of production. As the modern world takes over, many of these crafts are at risk of dying out. While I am all for progress if it improves the lives of the Sri Lankan people, I hope that it can be done without losing ties to their cultural heritage. There is also a need to counter the destructive elements of industrialisation. That is why support is needed more than ever. Here are some of the organisations and artisans that Serendip works with, and I very much appreciate everything they do and the support that they, in turn, give to me.

Barefoot
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.

Earthbound Creations
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.

Kanchi Craft
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.

Maximus
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
Mr Thennakoon runs a family business hand-turning and finishing products made from coconut wood.

Sanjeevane
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.