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Entrepreneur creates tabletop loom

Vajira Peiris and her team introduced their tabletop loom recently in Colombo.
Vajira Peiris and her team introduced their tabletop loom recently in Colombo.

Vajira Peiris, an individual engaged in the handloom industry, has introduced a tabletop loom which is easy to use in producing sustainable and eco-friendly handloom textile products.

Introducing the newest product, she says that it would open the avenues for anyone to start a home business or go for a small-scale commercial entity.

Peiris and the team introduced their tabletop loom recently in Colombo and had two sessions of demonstrations on how it can be used and how to create a fabric with such a loom.

Explaining the product, Peiris who is an entrepreneur seeking creative engineering solutions to the craft industry, said that the machine can be used at a factory, workshop, university, school, or even at a normal residence. “It is small, two designs can be done at the same time and if you took almost seven days for a new design with the traditional systems, this will take only a day,” she told the participants at the workshop which was conducted recently.

She also said that the machine can weave cushion covers, scarfs, tablecloths, table mats, coasters, bed linen and accessories, kids’ clothing, handlooms for toys and many other items. She added that it has many specialties such as the ability to design colours as one wishes. “It is a fully functioning table loom and at the same time it is also foldable,” she said.

Peiris is also a fashion and textile designer and trained weaver herself and has been a lecturer at Nottingham-Trent University in the United Kingdom for more than seven years.

She also produces modern looms for design students and trains weavers across the country in new techniques and the use of colour while running her own business entity ‘Peiris Leather Studio’.

Peiris asserts that her team will further engage in developing innovative weaving looms for different sectors of the weaving industry after many years of research. “Our intention while upgrading the craft and textile industry in Sri Lanka is to provide manufacturing solutions to the industry while preserving the traditional handicraft values. We are here to support and uplift this industry in terms of design, manufacture, and value addition for the local and export markets,” she said.

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