Sonali Dharmawardena, has worked with many creative mediums, from pottery, jewellery, fine arts in oils, watercolour and pencil, but with her discovery of the heritage art of batik, her life took on a whole new journey, as her love of fashion and art converged. Batik, one of the oldest methods of value addition to fabric in the yesteryears, became the happy medium for her to express and share her unique sense of style and design. Both as an artist and a designer, Sonali has taken what is one of the oldest Sri Lankan Artisan Crafts and put her own individual stamp on it.
Using the medium of batik, she ventured into her line of couture for both fashion shows and her retail line, ‘Sonali Dharmawardena”. Experimenting with new technologies and innovations, Sonali has been dabbling in many forms of value addition to fabric by creating fusions of traditional and ancient styles. Her speciality lies in working with natural fabrics and using wax as a resistant and dye to create her own signature lines of fabric. The “Sonali Dharmawardena” and “Acushla” labels are both registered trademarks of Sonali Dharmawardena.