Redress Design Award Case Study

Selyn is Sri Lanka’s leading Fair Trade handloom manufacturer, founded by Mrs. Sandra Wadurangala, Attorney-at-Law, in 1991. The vision was simple but bold - to create an avenue of greater economic empowerment for herself and her village, working out of a small backyard with 15 rural women employees. Today Selyn is a thriving Fair Trade certified handloom company which manufactures and exports handloom textiles and textile-based toys and handicrafts to 18 countries around the world, employing close to 350 rural men and women directly.

In addition, Selyn has developed an innovative approach to decentralise the production process by assisting 16 former Selyn members of staff (predominantly women) to setup and operate 9 handloom workshops and 5 sewing/handwork workshops in villages in the rural outskirts of the Kurunegala and Batticaloa districts which enabled the further economic opportunities for 750 rural men and women.

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