Long dresses and long skirts aren’t my cup of tea. In my teen years I would squirm whenever I had to wear long skirts out to the town. Who would ever show interest in me wearing long skirts or baggy jeans I would question? Guess I am just never going to ever find a boyfriend, I sighed. Dressing modesty wasn’t one of my priorities.
As I grew up and had more control over what I could wear, I was able to strut my stuff, loved the stares and attention that followed. Whether it was my desire for attention in general or being able to capture a man’s attention, it felt darn good.
As a female I am sure you can identify with wanting to dress in the latest fashion and look sexier than the next girl who thinks she is all that. We are socialized to believe that the shorter the hemline and the more skin revealed and of course one eighth of the bosom covered, the sexier we look. But should this really be the case? Through fashion we showcase our personality, sure that is perfectly ok, but do we really need to be skimpy about it?
Ancient Sri Lankan dressing habits illustrate the initial absence of social taboo relating to upper class women exhibiting their breasts. Is there a necessity to repeat history in the 21st century?
When we think of modesty, it is not long skirts and turtle necks. Dressing well is more than just having good taste and style. It is also about knowing your body and knowing what works and what doesn’t. Fashion is not about blindly following trends and styles; it is about wearing something that flatters your figure and reflects your unique style.
Fashion World will have to produce fashion which can be appreciated and is sustainable because mare production should not become our goal
“Sustainability brands are products and services that are branded to signify a special added value in terms of environmental and social benefits to the customer and thus enable the differentiation from competitors” (Belz F., Peattie K. (2009) : Sustainability Marketing: A Global perspective. John Wiley & Sons.)
Sustainability and Fashion:
Sustainability is slightly different to just being green. It is the development of the consciousness towards the entire ecosystem in which exists. In our world of Fashion, we have seen the evolution of so many trends: right from the glittering Great Gatsby’s era in the 1920s which became further liberated by Coco Chanel, to the 1940s trend elevated by Katherine Hepburn in her masculine shirt and loose fitting trousers racing to the 1950s Pencil Skirt introduce by Christian Dior into the decade of the 1970s which saw experimentation and non-conformity. Fashion always speak the language of the political, social and cultural times of an era.
A wise saying goes “We do not inherit our Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children”. Today, this is our language and we need to raise our consciousness towards it. The trend towards development of cheap as well as fast fashion has seen dangerous trends towards causing massive environmentally destructive practices in the producing countries as well as economic enslavement of so many people. Whilst one may argue that it has given jobs to many across the globe, one cannot deny the fact of huge wastage caused across the producing countries as well as the receiving countries. This level of pollution directly and indirectly affects the health of all the living beings across the globe. We need to pause and think if it is worth to build great buildings and destroy our ability to source good clean drinking water.
Moving Towards Sustainable Fashion:
Producing more is no solution at all. With so many financial options available in today’s times, designing desirable products that lasts for long without contributing to the wastage that our precious Earth is facing and allowing people to contribute through their skills that sustains the art and culture of their place is the way forward. This is our language today and our Fashion Fraternity will speak this language. Of course one challenge is how do we bring this form of awareness to all those across the globe?
I fathom we take the age old approach of:
Storytelling: Let the design convey this story of sustenance and its importance. Design is used as a tool to convey such messages.
Encouraging art in all forms: Art in schools, colleges, should be re-enforced. Children should be brought out to the open and made aware of the fun in being one with nature.
Creating opportunities for us all to help in our neighbor activities: programmers such as Social service activities has to be highlighted in the news. It will allow children and parents who have something to contribute appreciate the village art and will increase potential sales of such art forms. Once they appreciate they become part of our fashion world since we have raised these awareness.
Magazines and other media should look out to cover such opportunities and present such activities to the world.
The world today needs to bring forth Sustainable Fashion to the front. With combined efforts of all stakeholders we can truly give back a wonderful world to our children.
Vacation, the place where I feel most comfortable is a place where I am calm. A place that is peaceful in its own ways. It is the place to go to get away from all my troubles. It is the one place where I could sit forever, and never get tired of just staring into the deepest blue I have ever seen. It is the place where I can sit and think the best. A place where nothing matters but what is in that moment. The one place capable of sending my senses into an overload. The place I travelled and ended my journey at, the waves are crashing, the sun is setting, and people are laughing and embracing under the sunset.
The way the deep blue waters meet the gritty beige sand leaves me in such awe.
Beautiful scene of nature, fresh air, beautiful people and quite life – all these things comes to our mind when we think of enjoying the natural way of life in full resting from the city bustle. There is almost nothing artificial about this quite gateway. Here you can be with everything that nature can offers you…
There is something divine and mysterious about this Villa beauty, which is the satisfaction in the slower pace of days. A perfect blend of harmony with nature that makes the time stand still.
Octopus Reef Villas and Beach Cabana is designed for those who love the beach culture offer affordable luxury combining simple elegance, refined design, discreet and attentive service, in place of unique beauty and cultural interest. The perfect destination for a swim, snorkel and surf right on the beach and in the comfort of the simplicity, natural beauty and tranquility that makes the holiday gateway unique and special with the stilt fisherman in the rock pool opposite the Villa and surfers beyond with the sun setting in front of the Octopus Reef, you will amazed to watch nature unfold in front of your eyes. “The Rock” in front of the ocean opposite the Villa is famous with surfers as an International surf destination.
The water is like a soft blanket, comforting and inviting in the private rock pool right opposite the villa.
The Villa itself is built for those who prefer space, wood and colonial architecture. The rooms are large with a loft that accommodates two more beds, before it steps out into the wooden beach deck. Each room in the villa sleeps four and is ideal for families and friends to share. The wooden Cabana is only 5 meters from the beach and is built for two persons who love the natural style beach Cabana.
The best thing about the Octopus Reef is the chef Kokilan who will cook (at cost price) whatever your desire in food, including a BBQ to grill the fresh seafood caught in the vicinity consisting of calamari, fish, prawns etc. you have to order early for lagoon crabs, lobster and oysters. Breakfast is included while the chef and the kitchen is given for you free of charge, where you can buy groceries and kokilan will cook meals for you at cost price.
Experience the breathtaking scenery and life revolving around a “reef pool”, get physical with outdoor activities in the area or simply indulge in the privacy and luxury of a beach house or beach cabana.
Octopos reef, a perfect romantic getaway, to relax in the sand while soaking up the sun sipping a thambili or have the most memorable intimate moment lying down in the beach with few candles gives the light, staring in to the endless sky where starts writing yet another story of love from the depths you cast upon the beach.
One minute you are relaxing lazily on the sandy seashore reading a most invigorating book while eating the most fabulous banana fritters and ice cream done by its very own chef “kokilan”
This beautiful gateway is situated in Kabalana (2.5km past the Fortress Hotel in Koggala) adjoining the Kabalana Beach Hotel before Ahangama, Weligama and Mirissa. This gives you access to a wide range of activities nearby including swimming, snorkeling, body boarding & surfing. Kabalana Sea offers a rock pool, swimming and a safe sea where you can walk 300 meters at waist level water to catch the wave. Octopus Reef offers you free use of body boards and snorkels. The rock pool opposite the villa is a snorkeling paradise with fish and coral, ideally before 8am and in the evenings.
There are many other fun things to do around Kabalana such as visiting the ancient Kathaluwa Temple with temple art, the Great Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Art Museum in Koggla, the Virgin White Tea Estate(with guided tours) and whale watching in Mirissa.
Octopos reef, a place you can let go of yourself or the place to find yourself back!