As Sri Lanka has always proved that the country is ready to produce sustainable and eco-friendly handloom textile products preserving its own identity. Asserting that those skilled hands still create value added products, Vajira Peiris, an individual who is engaging in the handloom industry introduced a tabletop loom which can be used by any person.
Introducing the newest product, she says that it would open the avenues for anyone to start a home business or go for a small scale commercial entity. Peiris and the team introduced their tabletop loom recently in Colombo and had two sessions of demonstrations on how it can be used and how to create a fabric that is handloom. Explaining the product, Peiris who is an entrepreneur seeking creative engineering solutions to the craft industry said that the machine can be used at a factory, workshop, university, school, or even at a normal residence.
She also said that the machine can weave cushion covers, scarfs, tablecloths, table mats, coasters, bed linen and accessories, kids’ clothing, handloom for toys and many other items.
She added that it has many specialties such as the ability of designing colours as one wishes, yarns other than the potential market. “It is a fully functioning table loom and at the same time it is also foldable,” Peiris said.
Peiris is also a fashion and textile designer and trained weaver herself and a lecturer at Nottingham-Trent University in the UK for more than seven years.
She also produces modern looms for design students and trains weavers across the country in new techniques and the use of colour while running her own business entity ‘Peiris Leather Studio’.
She asserts that her team will further engage in developing innovative weaving looms for different sectors of the weaving industry after many years of research. “Our intention while upgrading the craft and textile industry in Sri Lanka is to provide manufacturing solutions to the industry while preserving the traditional handicraft values. We are here to support and uplift this industry in terms of design, manufacture, and value addition for the local and export markets,” she said. Finally, she assures that demonstrations of the product can be arranged on request and also guarantees the after sale instructions with more tips to remain in the industry transforming it to a profitable business.
By a Special correspondent