SYMBOLICALLY COLORING ONENESS
Lovi Ceylon by Asanka De Mel
The collection could be interpreted as having sprung forth as a timely political response to the recent outcry of racial violence in Aluthgama, Kandy that startled the nation. This collection beautifully articulates the oneness amidst racial differences through three distinct styles. Firstly, through pieces that incorporate orange, green and red, the three primary colors from the Sri Lankan flag signifying the different ethnicities representing the harmonious tradition of our nation that always accepted people from varying backgrounds. Secondly, the use of the white colored fabric instead of the red in reinterpreting the ‘Nilame’ suit, traditionally worn by high-ranking officials in the Buddhist Kandyan dynasty is politically strong.
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