Sri Lanka’s Instagram Entrepreneurs Thrive
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Sri Lanka’s Instagram Entrepreneurs Thrive

J.K. Methma Jayawardhana runs a business in which she might never meet her customer, even though her products are customised, intricate and deeply personal. The young entrepreneur is a graduate of the University of Moratuwa and founder of the brand Loha. “The main intention of ‘Loha’ is to reach passionate jewellery wearers through bespoke jewellery … Continue reading

Barbara Sansoni: The Numbers Didn’t Add Up, But the Sketches Did
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Barbara Sansoni: The Numbers Didn’t Add Up, But the Sketches Did

Barbara Sansoni was 11 years old when she met Maria Montessori. Having fled to India after being exiled by Mussolini during WWII, Maria’s school in the Olcott Garden Bungalow already had a small complement of students. Now, here was this child in need of her guidance. Barbara, enrolled close by in a boarding school in … Continue reading

Noorjehan Bilgrami and Sarah Faruqui: An Eye for Indigo
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Noorjehan Bilgrami and Sarah Faruqui: An Eye for Indigo

Noorjehan Bilgrami has spent decades fascinated by one colour. Born in Hyderabad, India Noorjehan was still very young when her parents chose to migrate to Pakistan as partition cleaved India in two. Moving to Karachi as a nine-year-old, she would nurture an interest in art until as an adult she made it her calling. However, Noorjehan … Continue reading

Nelun Harasgama: Joyous Drapes
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Nelun Harasgama: Joyous Drapes

Nelun Harasgama designs her sarees downstairs while her husband, the photographer Luxshman Nadaraja takes pictures of them upstairs. “He is famous, I am not,” says Nelun, smiling, but that isn’t quite true. Before she ever began designing sarees, Nelun’s paintings won her acclaim but she always found them difficult to talk about. Stark and haunting, … Continue reading

Chandran Rutnam, Ravindra Randeniya, Boris Clavel: Easy Island Dreams
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Chandran Rutnam, Ravindra Randeniya, Boris Clavel: Easy Island Dreams

Moviemakers have coaxed Sri Lanka into costume more than once—that’s her masquerading as a small Indian village that needs Harrison Ford’s whip-cracking assistance in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), and there she is again, looking like Thailand and the site for The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). In Tarzan, the Ape Man(1981), you’re supposed to mistake … Continue reading