DAY TWENTY THREE (23rd August)

Posted by Zoe Fletcher on Monday, August 30, 2010

 * Kate and I were picked up at half past nine and were taken to a small fishing village an an island north of Columbo airport which is connected by two small bridges, its one of the best fishing places for prawns - and smelt like it too heehee!

* Priyantha was so lovely at introducing us to the small community centre, where nearly 25 women come and knit during the week, it is light and airy and has a great atmosphere!

*The women there were amazing at knitting, literally being too fast to take a proper picture as their fingers moved so nimbley! The beautiful Skandinavian circular knitting patterns were so detailed and the final pieces so neatly done it was hard to believe it wasn't machine knitted!

* The women were able to stay in their own homes, earn an extra income whilst their husbands and family were away at sea fishing, meaning they didn't have to move away from their children and homes to find work in a factory - it is a great business and holding onto their highly skilled workers and good people centric business ideas, will continue to progress - I am looking forward to keeping in contact with them and seeing Priyanthas vision expand!


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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