Great food. Kind people. Perfect weather. Warm sunny days. Elephants. Gems. White sandy beaches. That's why a lot of people go to Sri Lanka, but I came for the premium grade rubber. I started with this idea two years ago to make a flip flop from natural rubber which took me from China to Vietnam, Thailand, and eventually Sri Lanka. When I visited Sri Lanka the first time in July, I had this idea to create a shoe that would natural rubber, but some of the beautiful hand loom cloth I saw when I was there. I had to go find out if this could actually be done.
Getting off the plane in Abu Dhabi. Futuristic traffic control tower.
So on on the morning of December 31st, I boarded a plane, a couple of stops and 30+ hours later, I arrived in Colombo close to midnight. (No, nothing happens on the flight on New Year's Eve. At least not on my flight. A lot of people had asked me. On the other hand, I may have been asleep as we zoomed into 2016 somewhere over the North Atlantic. After about the fifth movie, it's not really clear.)
I did get some cool swag from Etihad, a reversible sleep mask that says, "Do not disturb" on one side and "Wake me up to eat" on the other. I think I'll hang onto that one. :-)
Plane from Abu Dhabi to Colombo. Leaving Abu Dhabi. Kind of reminds me of Tatooine.
During my trip, I was quite pleased to find weavers who produce cloth in the traditional handloom method. The hand loom is operated entirely by hand, without the use electricity. This technique for weaving has been passed down over generations. Non-toxic dyes and 100% cotton is used in all the cloth, and we are quite pleased to feature hand loom cloth our shoes at Olli.
Weavers using a handloom in Sri Lanka. I really admire their work.
And here are some pictures I took during my time in Sri Lanka. Enjoy!
1. Hindu temple on Galle Rd. 2. Arcade 3. Buddha at Gangaramaya Temple 4. Palm tree 5. Coconuts 6. Colombo sunset 7. Stacks of flip flops 8. Morning tea 9. Flying home (sigh.)