27 March 2013
Teejay in its journey of supporting the future design of Sri Lanka initiated a new venture with University of Moratuwa this year by becoming the first textile solutions partner in the island to support the University of Moratuwa (UOM) graduation fashion show.

Three of Sri Lanka's brightest fashion designers of the future have been recognised with special awards for Creativity, Innovation and Inspiration respectively by Teejay PLC, the country's largest manufacturer of knitted fabric.

The three designers were chosen from 20 students who presented designs when the 34 that made up the seventh batch of the University of Moratuwa's Bachelor of Design Degree in Fashion Design & Product Development graduated recently.

One of the university's principal partners from the industry, Teejay presented the 'Creative Knitwear Designer award,' the 'Innovative Textile Fabric Designer award' and the 'Serendib Inspirational award' at the graduation ceremony at the Hilton Colombo.

The recipients of these special awards presented by the company as part of its commitment to promoting sustainability, were Adhini De Silva of Galle, Chathura Sudharshan of Bandaragama and Achala Leekoh of Katubedda.

Teejay works very closely with the University of Moratuwa to support the education of the undergraduates who will take Sri Lanka's fashion industry forward in the years ahead. The company provides students with the required training on production and textile engineering and supply them with the materials to come up with their own designs. The company believes that the three areas chosen for its special awards are vital to the future of Sri Lanka's fashion industry.

The graduation ceremony included a fashion show at which the final year students of the Fashion Design and the Product Development Degree presented their catwalk collections for 2013. Each collection, designed to a theme and comprising of six complete new outfits, was based on in-depth research of a particular market and a customer.

Ms Adhini De Silva, who won the Teejay Creative Knitwear Designer award, produced a collection of women's occasional knitwear under the concept of 'Ebony Dreaming' for the spring- summer of 2014 for the brand name of 'Ekaterina Kukhareva'. Mr. Pubudu De Silva the general manager for Operations gave away Adhini this prestigious award.

The Teejay Serendib Inspirational award was won by Achala Leekoh for her collection of women's evening semi casual wear under the concept of 'Chronicle Robust' for the 'AKOH' brand. This was awarded by Sanjaya Basnayaka, the deputy - general manager for production.

The winner of the Teejay Innovative Textile Fabric Designer award Chathura Sudharshan used innovative textile fabrics to produce a collection of mixed performance wear under the concept 'Fantasy of Mystic' for the brand 'ACIS Innovations.' This was one of the main two awards of the ceremony and was awarded by Rodney Arland, general Manager for Marketing, supply chain and planning. He hosted this along with Kumar Sangakkara, the charismatic ex- Sri Lankan Cricket captain who was the guest of honour of the ramp.

The fashion show was held on February 28th at Hotel Hilton Grand ball room at the presence of a large gathering from the apparel, textile, and fashion industries.

UOM Graduation fashion show

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