Textile & Design
Volunteers to Date
Every Sunday all year round
From 2 weeks to 6 months
Accomodation £10, Food £8, Transport £6
Our Textile & Design Programme works in partnership with local Sri Lankan charities and acts as a training and education centre for local women. A variety of hands-on projects will see you using your creativity and design skills to make an impact on the local community!
Our Textile & Design programme aims to provide high impact support for local women in the rural community - this programme is perfect for anyone with a creative flair and knowledge of working with textiles! The programme teaches local women new textile skills, helping them to become more self sufficient.
Products created by both volunteers and local women are sold online and at various boutiques with all proceeds going back into our supported charities!
Volunteers source materials and design new products for our 'Palm Project' Capsule Collection.
Volunteers Teach Local women to design and replicate these products.
Once the products are replicated to a high standard, we sell them through our online Etsy store and in various boutiques.
All profits from these sales go directly back into our supported charities.
The Textile and Design programme has created a capsule collection of travel accessories to be sold under the brand 'Palm Project'. Central to the brand’s identity is fair trade and responsible sourcing of materials - as part of this project, volunteers will work as a team to help develop new ranges and add/update existing ones.
Once these ranges have been created, volunteers will teach local women to make these new products, with the view that by the end of the training sessions they will be competent enough to make the products without guidance in their homes. All the women are provided with the materials to facilitate this independent work.
At the training session the following week, the local women are expected to return with completed products. Volunteers will review the quality and help build the women’s skills.
Once we are happy with the quality of the products, we aim to sell them through our online shop via Etsy. We also have small boutique shops in the UK that sell our collection - all the profit made being donated back to the supported charities.
Once a week Travelteer invites local women to come and offer made-to-measure clothes to both tourists and volunteers. This is extremely popular as it allows travellers to take a piece of Sri Lankan culture home with them, whilst also providing the local women with a source of income. Textile & Design volunteers are an essential part of this process as they help the women create products and come up with new designs. The more creative, the better!
Working closely with the RMF foundation, we aim to train disadvantaged local women in design and textiles so that they will be able to provide for themselves as well as giving them paid work through the creation of our Palm Project capsule collection!
Over £7000 of funding has been provided for either new equipment or salaries for disadvantaged women as part of the Palm Project initiative.
To date, 35 local women have trained by our Volunteers - this is a fantastic first step in helping them become self sufficient!