Everything About ApiHappi

The ApiHappi Dream
Our dream is to revitalize the art of handloom and empower creative artisans in Sri Lanka by combining fresh ideas with ancient traditions.  
The Handloom is a manual machine that is used by weavers in Sri Lanka to create authentic material.
We purchase this material from a variety of ethical handloom groups around Sri Lanka. Then we use community sourced artisans to create products that we love. After doing so we put our products online making them accessible to anyone in the world. For every product that is sold we provide a school bag for child in rural Sri Lanka.
One day we hope to create a handloom/entrepreneurship community center, where anyone can cultivate skills from weaving to sewing to designing and even exporting. 
In Short:
1.Revitalizing the ancient art of handloom in Sri Lanka
by creating fun new products that cater to the eclectic lifestyles of today. 
2.Empowering Artisans in Sri Lanka
by providing a channel for creativity and income outside of the limited local market.
3.Supporting children in rural Sri Lanka 
through our one for one schoolbag program. For each bag that is purchased on our website a school bag is provided to a child in rural Sri Lanka. 
 
 The ApiHappi School-Bag Program
 ApiHappi has teamed up with the Lions Clubs International 306 A1 Sri Lanka, under the program "Rural Schools Development" to provide underprivileged children in Sri Lanka with new school-bags. 
All over Sri Lanka there are poverty stricken areas where children are struggling to receive a basic education. After the Tsunami and the Sri Lankan Civil War have passed, many organizations have contributed to develop new schools and rebuild schools that were unusable. Now that these children have a place to learn it is crucial that they are provided with the basic neccesaties they actually need go to school, such as books, pencils, and of course backpacks. This is where we have stepped in. With the profits that we collect from each purchase made online we are able to create one school-bag for a child in need. 
Our first goal is to get to 1000  school-bags into schools along the Southern Coast (From Kalutara to Kataragama). That would ensure that children in at least a hundred schools will have great ApiHappi Backpacks while persuing their education.
 

 

Our Peeps

 

Aparna Samarakoon, Co-Founder, Designer, Goofball

 

- Cant live without cats!

- Clumsy, Forgetful, rage(slight)

- Loves Baking

- Hopeless Romantic

- Lights up the room with her smile

read full bio below!

 

Etosha Lankatilleke, Co-Founder, Thinker,  

 

- Comes up with many ideas..some are decent

- Self-Deported from US to Sri Lanka

- Named after Etosha Park

- Thinks earth might be flat

- Aparna's tamer

 

Aparna's Full Bio!

Having graduated as a fashion designer, I stepped out starry eyed imagining various possibilities and a dazzling life.. But after working in 3 companies I found my mind craving to explore new things. I realized I want to be happy with my own work, even if it is a risk. I wanted to leave everything that's stressful about working for someone else and let my creativity run free! 

I didn't want to limit my love of design and sewing, just for clothes, I wanted to do many things... Etosha made me believe in my little dreams and ideas that nag me on sleepless nights and helped me make sense of them.

This is my simple happiness project. This is what added colors to my grey and beige life.. 

Cherish the simple pleasures of your life.. Be happy

XXX

 

 

 

What Is The Handloom?

The Handloom is a manually operated machine that is used to make authentic fabrics. In our case we use handloom cotton.

It was invented during ancient times and has been adjusted as it passed through generations. One reason the handloom has lasted through time is because it runs completely on human energy.

 

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