DAY ELEVEN (11th August)

Posted by Zoe Fletcher on Sunday, August 15, 2010


* After driving to Hydramarni, we had a great tour of their facilities with a presentation documenting all their work on the sustainability front – environmentally and ethically – it was interesting to see their developments and achievements.

* We stopped at Bentota Beach hotel which had a patch work ceiling covered in Ena De Silvas batik art – the colours were beautiful, we also saw a giant two foot lizard scuttle under the car on our way out!

* We stopped at an amazing turtle sanctuary, right on the beach, ran by a man totally dedicated to turtles and the safety of them, it was beautiful to watch 1 day old, 2 day old, and three day old turtles swimming around, we even got to see a few newly hatched turtles pop out of their sand homes!

* We had a lovely drink at The Lighthouse hotel, and tried the local spirit Arrack for the first (and last!) time! We were also treated to a traditional dance set by some amazing young dancers!

* Checked in to a lovely looking hotel called the ‘New Old Dutch Hotel’ with all four of us utilising one huge room to make it a little cheaper!






Zoe Grace Fletcher Currently undertaking a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University within the MIRIAD post-graduate department, I am beginning a practice based academic journey into British wool fibres and new technologies within knitwear design. Graduating with Distinction from a Masters in Fashion and the Environment at London College of Fashion, specialising in hand-knitting and the British Wool Industry, I have worked on a number of knitwear collections (personal and external companies), whilst freelancing and researching for a number of exciting projects. My work revolves around the idea of sustainable fashion from a knitted perspective and the different ways to achieve this incorporating the ideas of slow fashion into mainstream society. I love knitting. And wool. And double sided sticky tape.
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