Fashioning the past
Sri Lankan Dress Characteristics to the World Fashion Trends
Sri Lanka is an island, centrally located in the Indian Ocean has a long fashion history from 5th Century BC. The article is about a well demarcated fashion period in Sri Lanka. Kandyan reign of Sri Lanka lasted from 14th Century to 1815 AD. Comparatively to the western fashion history, Kandyan era of Sri Lanka marked a signpost in Sri Lankan fashion history. Although the evolution of Sri Lankan dress is not so prominent during early kingdoms there was a drastic change in the evolution of costume in Kandyan period.
Kandyan era emerged as a new fashion movement with unique characteristics. The research focuses on a distinguish feature, that is, arranging a complete outfit by making knots, frills, pleats and folds of a long fabric rather than tucking pins or sewing. By arranging wad of pleats in certain place emphasis the body contours. Kandyan fashions are still in vogue among Sri Lankans. Kandyan fashions have been practiced in ceremonial occasions with some limitations at present since then.
The objective of the research is incubating new faction concepts from identified fashion characteristic of the kandyan era to the future.
Gayathri M. Ranathunga
Nimal De Silva