Meet the makers

Here are some of the organisations and artisans that Serendip works with.

Barefoot Ceylon
Barefoot Ceylon is an ethical company set up in Sri Lanka to provide employment to artisans and help them make a living producing traditional Sri Lankan arts and crafts. They specialise in handweaving distinctive chequered fabrics, as seen below, and we source our brightly coloured handloom bags from them. 

Earthbound Creations
This company was started by a young man with a vision - to recycle old newspapers. From a room in the back of his house, he developed the technique to make these amazing products. He now provides employment to women in rural communities who can work from home or in the workshop, on a full or part-time basis.

 Janaka de Silva
Janaka paints wooden plates and recycled wooden panels with Buddhist motifs and scenes often featured in Sri Lankan temples.

Kanchicrafts
This small business in Sri Lanka is owned and run by a young couple who work from home. Everything they produce is handmade using local materials. They specialise in jewellery and coconut shell crafts.

Kandyan Arts Association
This is a Sri Lankan government-sponsored organisation that aims to maintain and support traditional arts and crafts in Sri Lanka, and the livelihoods of local craftsmen and women who make these products.

Maximus
This company makes paper products out of elephant dung. The process involves extensive washing so the final result is odourless and very eco-friendly! We sell their wonderful, lifelike elephant figurines.

Mr Thennakoon
Mr Thennakoon runs a family business hand-turning and finishing products made from coconut wood. The range includes bowls, egg cups, plates, and mortar and pestles. 

Sanjeevane
Sanjeevane is an award-winning lacquer artist in Sri Lanka. He works from his home in a small village in the central hill country of Sri Lanka to create delicately etched lacquer pots. He uses traditional methods of pot turning, applying the lacquer and etching.