The making of Buddhi Batiks Commonwealth Fashion Exchange look

Darshi Keerthisena

Commonwealth Fashion Council

Commonwealth Fashion Council

Designer Darshi Keerthisena of Buddhi Batiks from Sri Lanka was chosen to create a bespoke The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange - an initiative for established and emerging fashion talent from across the Commonwealth’s 53 countries to showcase the power and potential of artisan fashion skills to deliver new networks, trade links and highlight sustainability.

Darshi has created a wrap coat dress using Seacell™ fabric made from algae and silk which has been hand pleated and batiked by Buddhi Batiks’ team of craft women in the village of Koswadiya, and lined with peace (Ahimsa) silk from India. The sleeves are detachable for greater versatility, and the obi belt is made from Piñatex, a pineapple-based leather alternative. The look has been embellished with laser cut sequins made from Piñatex, and Swarovski upcycled crystals.

The look was displayed at Buckingham Palace and the Australian High Commission, London. Both exhibitions were curated by VOGUE's Editor-at-Large, Hamish Bowles.

The project was launched by Commonwealth Secretary General the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland and Livia Firth, founder of sustainability consultancy Eco-Age and supported by Swarovski, The Woolmark Company and MATCHESFASHION.COM.


  • Title: The making of Buddhi Batiks Commonwealth Fashion Exchange look
  • Creator: Darshi Keerthisena
  • Location Created: Sri Lanka
  • Designer Country: Sri Lanka


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