Designer 1-2-1: Sathomi Ekanayake

Dec 15 2020. views 291

Based in Japan, Sathomi is heavily influenced by Japanese culture and customs. A graduate of the AOD, Sathomi creates looks that fall into the genre of street style.

What inspired the pieces?
The collection is my personification of Japonism. They are a few of my favourite forms of Japanese art and culture put together. This collection was a blend of Japanese silhouettes  and prints, incorporating 
Sri Lankan heritage crafts. I wanted to design and create pieces incorporating these two different cultures I adore.

Who is your muse?
“Ami and Aya” A popular fashion duo. They incorporate modern and traditional Japanese fashion pieces to create street-style looks.

What is your design ethos?
My design ethos is a mixture of contemporary street-style with traditional aesthetics. I love to create handcrafted textiles and put them together with prints. 

What are your sustainable credentials?
I worked on some pieces in the collection using leftover textiles which I used to mix and match with different prints and textures from the collection. Also, my woven textiles and batiks are artisanal textiles, which I worked together with the artisans themselves.

How would you describe your creations?
My pieces are bold, fun yet sophisticated. A few pieces of my collection are androgynous.


Tina Edward Gunawardhana

Tina Edward Gunawardhana is a journalist specialising in travel, fashion, lifestyle, cuisine and personalities. She is also the Features Editor for Hi!! Magazine. An intrepid traveller, she likes to show readers the world through her eyes and experiences. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - tinajourno


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