Shehani brings in a contemporary mix of womenswear and sarees to URBAN ISLAND designer portfolio. Shehani De Silva is a designer with a fresh take on textile and takes a highly experimental route to design with a commitment to sustainability, An AOD graduate from Northumbria UK, Shehani is driven by her search for the perfect balance of colour and proportion.
Shehani’s first work experience working with MAS Linea Intimo (Pvt) as a product developer for brands such as Lululemon and Nike across Men's, Women's and Kids active wear allowed her to experiment with high-tech textile. Channeling this experience to enrich her love for the traditional textiles, Shehani now works with URBAN ISLAND inspired by the nature and culture which surrounds her fulelling her design aesthetic and ethos.
Shehani’s SS17 collection for URBAN ISLAND brings together silhouettes that are minimal with fluid drapes juxtaposed with rich colours that bring the shapes to life. The collection is inspired by the iris of an eye, and the structures of colour which intertwine within each other expressed through a mix of techniques from handloom to tie dye.