The Sari Connection is a social initiative supporting marginalised women in the northern region of Sri Lanka who have been a ected by con ict and natural disaster.
Saris are donated by individual women, companies and schools primarily in the south of the island and sent to towns and villages in the north including Jaffna, Uduthurai and Mullaitivu. The materials are then upcycled and transformed into unique wares by the local women.
The Sari Connection was launched in 2012 by its umbrella organisation Paci c Asia Resources Centre Interpeople’s Corporation (PARCIC), a Japanese NGO responsible for several goodwill projects throughout Sri Lanka and the world.
The organisation laid the foundations for the initiative by providing sewing machines and periodic training for the women in design, sewing and quality control. Now, more than 75 women have been able to work from their own homes whilst still caring for their families. The upcycled saris are handcrafted into a range of items; from dresses, blouses, pants and skirts to bags, purses, sarongs, cushion covers, bedspreads and table runners. The authentic products are then sold acrossSri Lanka at different establishments and markets.The funds are distributed back to the seamstresses in the north, providing them with a source of self-sustained livelihood and empowerment.
Many of the women were displaced and lost family members to the long standing civil war and devastating tsunami and are slowly re-building their lives with the help of the Sari Connection. As the name suggests, the connection that is formed between the communities of the north and south is one of the main objectives of the Sari Connection.project provides a platform for trust and harmony to be fostered through economic, social and cultural cooperation.
How you can help
You can purchase the products of the Sari Connection at the following retailers:
14 Reid Avenue, Colombo 07.
Colombo Saturday Good Market – check our schedule on Facebook
Racecourse, Colombo 7.
usare Talking Hands
No. 103/12, Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 07.
Barefoot – Galle Fort
No. 41 Pedlar Street, Galle Fort.
No. 218 Kaduwela Rd, Battaramulla.
427 Samanthara Rd, Kuda Waskaduwa, Waskaduwa.
54 Kadolana Rd, Eramudugaha, Unawatuna.
KK e Collection
71 Pedlar Street, Galle Fort, Galle.
110 Thurstan Rd, Colombo 07.
The Sari Connection is seeking more stockists to ensure the support to these women is on-going. If you run a clothing/ accessory store, hotel or café and are interested in displaying Sari Connection products, get in touch:
Dilka Senaratne: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0711 918 252
Fumi Ito: email@example.com Tel: 077 246 2808
More information on www.facebook./sariconnection