Dreams of weaving

Sri Lanka is famous for its “handicrafts”, or handcrafted artisanal products that create an integral part of our identity, not just as souvenirs for tourists but as products that embody Sri Lankan culture, people and their innate creativity and craftsmanship.


Handloom is one of Sri Lanka’s most prolific and oldest crafts. The “Dreams of Weaving” is a new social-innovation project initiated by the University of Moratuwa Department of Textile and Apparel Engineering to advance investigations in that sector. The research team headed by Dr Ayesha Wickramasinghe and Dr Sumith Gopura together with research assistant Dilmini Yasara have taken a look at the lives of the heroes behind the loom who have devoted their blood, sweat and tears to preserve and treasure this remarkable industry.