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Who are we?

The art of handloom weaving boasts a rich heritage dating back over 2500 years, showcasing the evolution of both humans and machinery in the textile realm. Despite being sometimes overlooked, textiles hold a profound historical significance. Handloom weaving, in particular, stands out as a traditional method of crafting exquisite fabrics that is both sustainable and environmentally friendly. Interlacing yarns meticulously, a skilled artisan at the loom not only shapes the fabric but also dictates its design and density.

In today's consumer-driven world, the demand for efficiency has led to the widespread adoption of motorized power loom machines, overshadowing the handloom's unique charm and versatility. However, handloom weaving remains a cornerstone of the textile industry, distinguished by its ability to produce intricate designs without reliance on electricity. Moreover, its capacity to thrive as a rural industry, empowering predominantly female weavers, underscores its socio-economic importance.

While the number of traditional handloom businesses has dwindled, several Sri Lankan manufacturers continue to uphold ethical practices, preserving the art of handloom weaving. Among these stalwarts is Kandygs, a pioneer in the industry, steadfastly dedicated to safeguarding Sri Lanka's handloom tradition. Collaborating with women entrepreneurs from rural areas across the country, Kandygs exclusively employs natural fibers such as cotton, jute, and bamboo yarns, promoting eco-friendly alternatives.

Choosing a product from Kandygs not only celebrates this cherished tradition but also contributes to a sustainable, environmentally conscious future. From its humble beginnings in 1971 with just ten machines, Kandygs has evolved into a thriving enterprise boasting 300 handlooms, 30 power looms, a fully equipped dye house, and a sewing unit.

Beyond its commitment to quality craftsmanship, Kandygs prioritizes the well-being of its workforce, providing secure employment and comprehensive on-the-job training to over 300 weavers. These endeavors have not only enhanced the value of Kandygs' products but also garnered national acclaim, with numerous export and innovation awards recognizing its excellence.

Rooted in a legacy of passion and dedication, Kandygs continues to uphold its reputation for producing premium handloom fabrics, serving both local and international markets. Founded by Mr. Felix and Mrs. Sita Yahampath, Kandygs remains a family-run enterprise, renowned for its distinctive brand of textiles.

From pure cotton fabrics ideal for a myriad of applications to soft bamboo creations suitable for clothing and décor, Kandygs' diverse offerings cater to various needs and preferences. With an extensive color palette and in-house dyeing and sewing capabilities, the possibilities are limitless.

With retail outlets in Colombo, Galle, Yala and a global presence through exports, Kandygs has left an indelible mark on the textile landscape, adorning homes and businesses alike with its exquisite creations. Committed to promoting homegrown industries and sustainability, Kandygs is not just a purveyor of textiles but a custodian of tradition and community.

Driven by its unwavering dedication to quality, tradition, and community, Kandygs' journey is a testament to the enduring allure of handloom weaving and the transformative power of craftsmanship. This is the story of Kandygs—a legacy woven with pride and purpose.

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