Darshi has created a wrap coat dress using Seacell™ fabric made from algae and silk which has been hand pleated and batiked by Buddhi Batiks’ team of craft women in the village of Koswadiya, and lined with peace (Ahimsa) silk from India. The sleeves are detachable for greater versatility, and the obi belt is made from Piñatex, a pineapple-based leather alternative. The look has been embellished with laser cut sequins made from Piñatex, and Swarovski upcycled crystals.
Darshi Keerthisena was surrounded by fabric from an early age, as her family began Buddhi Batiks back in the 70s. When she took on the company in 2005, her mission was to continue the work that her parents begun, by supporting the local batik artisans, many of whom have worked for the company from the start. The Buddhi Batiks workshop can be found in the village of Koswadiya, in north-western Sri Lanka, and has a reputation for providing some of the most intricate and delicate batik patterns. Darshi has received a ‘Women on Top’ award from ‘Equal Ground’, an organisation promoting equality, and the British Council Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008.