As a highlight of the long-standing cooperation between the Sri Lankan Academy of Design (AOD) and the German Embassy in Colombo, fashion designer and AOD alumni Amesh Wijesekera got the opportunity to showcase at the Berlin fashion week on the 15th of January 2019. Born in London and raised in Sri Lanka, the designer made his international breakthrough in the last four years and was also invited to present his collection at the London Fashion Week 2017. Wijesekeras colourful selection was well received by both the Berlin public and the German press and shows that Sri Lanka is more than just a textile producer. Fashion doesn't need a translator, it’s a language anyone understands - that's why it can make an enormous contribution to cultural exchange between Germany and Sri Lanka. The Embassy was very happy to support Amesh with a travel grant.
Furthermore, there is also great potential in the fashion and textile sector in terms of economic cooperation, regarding the rise of Sri Lankan brands which focus on sustainability on the one hand and the high demand for organic fashion from Germany on the other. Amesh Wijesekera is committed to green fashion and fair working conditions as well: he visits his workers, mainly women in small villages in rural Sri Lanka, to talk to them and get inspired by their traditional handicraft. We hope that his story will motivate and inspire many Sri Lankans to follow their passion and to develop themselves creatively. The German Embassy Colombo wishes him and all other young designers much success in the implementation of future projects - at national and international level.