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LCF and Selyn redefine handloom textiles with blockchain technology


London College of Fashion (LCF) students from the University of the Arts London (UAL) have showcased their innovative use of blockchain technology in collaboration with Selyn, Sri Lanka's pioneer in fair trade handloom manufacture.

The event, which took place at SOOK 42 South Molton Street in London, showcased a bag called the "Sandra" Clapping Bag, designed in a project between LCF and Selyn, which aimed to redefine the use and potential of handloom textiles with blockchain technology.

Over 25 LCF students successfully created a fully transparent and sustainable accessory, highlighting the future of ethical and sustainable fashion. Visitors to the event were able to scan an NFC tag to see the transparency of the production process, including the fibre and dyeing process, the artisan who wove the textiles, and the impact on communities and the environment.

The initiative was made possible through the partnership with PaperTale, a blockchain technology company that maximizes transparency and traceability in the production process.

"This partnership is a way forward to rewrite how we work between the global north and south," said Selyna Peiris, Selyn Director. "We are committed to ethical and sustainable production, and this partnership with LCF and PaperTale has shown us that better ways to create and manufacture are possible."

The exhibition showcased unique and exclusive textiles ideal for home, lifestyle, and fashion products for the conscious creative. All textiles were organic, fair trade, vegan, and cruelty-free, handmade by local artisans supporting and inspiring communities around Sri Lanka.


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