Sri Lanka’s Design For Sustainable Development Foundation (DFSD) is a non-profit organisation established by the AOD in 2011.
DFSD uses design-led strategies to promote sustainable development in the craft sector. This includes teaming top designers with skilled crafts people to foster design innovation. DFSD has a strong focus on sound environmental practices, women’s empowerment and promoting heritage skills.
Today DFSD works alongside over a thousand artisans across Sri Lanka, assisted by over fifty designers from local and international backgrounds, and a growing network of clients and supporters with an interest in quality craft.
DFSD partnerships have helped to produce a beautiful range of hand-produced items from across the island that are sold domestically and internationally via Urban Island, Fashionmarket, and other ethical retailers. DFSD ensures artisans are properly trained and rewarded, middle-men bypassed, and skills passed on to the next generation.
The DFSD model has been so successful that Design Corp is looking to it expand further. If you are similarly passionate about promoting sustainable development through design, supporting skilled artisans, empowering women, and helping to protect and preserve heritage skills in Sri Lanka, you are invited to support the Foundation.
To discuss how you may help, please contact:
Design for Sustainable Development Foundation
58, Lauries Road, Colombo 04.
The map below provides easy directions for locating DFSD.
Come visit us between 8.30am to 5.00pm on weekdays or call us on our hotline: +94 11 786 7703