Handmade fabrics and home textiles

Matara, Sri Lanka

Announcement    Welcome to the world of the timeless craft of handloom weaving. Every piece of handloom fabric is a treasure. It’s a piece of history and tradition hand-woven into your garment or a home décor item.


Last updated on Jul 24, 2020

Welcome to the world of the timeless craft of handloom weaving. Every piece of handloom fabric is a treasure. It’s a piece of history and tradition hand-woven into your garment or a home décor item.



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Welcome to our shop.

We are a family run shop based in Sri Lanka. We design and produce handloom fabrics and home textiles in bold yet subtle colors and engaging color combinations. They impart the aesthetics and spirit of Asia, while easily combining with modern interior designs and a variety of tastes.

All Vyanni fabrics are hand-loomed and all are made from pure, pre-dyed cotton. We use high quality reactive dyes which ensure color fastness.

Our name, Vyanni, is the transcription of the Sinhalese word for women weavers. We chose it as a homage to all the women weavers of the world who keep alive this traditional craft and inspire us with the unique beauty of hand woven artifacts.

And although most members of our team are women, we don’t discriminate against men! How could we, if the driving spirit behind the Vyanni enterprise is a man, Kisantha. This workshop is a result of his admiration for traditional arts and crafts.

Shop members

  • Krishan


    In 2010, I was ready to start my own business and was considering various options, all related to traditional crafts. Then I met Olga and my plans got focused – on handloom weaving. We opened our first shop in 2013 and our own workshop in early 2015. I now run the workshop while devoting most attention and time to the integration of contemporary approaches and design with traditional working methods.

  • Olga

    Owner, Designer

    In 2010, I was taking a break from my translator's job that kept me glued to the computer for 20 years. Then I met Krishan and my long-time love affair with fabric design, until then confined to spare time, turned into my new full time job. I design fabrics and handle communication for the Vyanni team.

  • Nadeeka

    Designer And Workshop Manager

    I am a seamstress and I worked with Krishan (my brother) ever since he opened his first Vyanni shop. The beauty of the fabrics inspired me to get involved deeper. I manage the workshop, design fabrics and assist the weavers through every step of the process, from warping the looms and threading the warp to weaving.

  • Dinesh


    Similar to my wife, Nadeeka, I got interested in handloom weaving through her association with Vyanni. In the past few years I learnt a lot through experience. I maintain the handlooms, assist the weavers, and help Nadeeka with the organization and planning of work.

  • Weavers


    Nanda, Denawatti, Amara, Rani, (another) Nanda, Indrilatha, Chandra, Kusum, Silla, Asling

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Last updated on May 24, 2018
Frequently asked questions
What should I know before buying handmade cotton fabric?

The beauty of handloom fabric partly arises from its imperfection, which gives it a character and makes the fabric ‘alive’. Of course, it’s a matter of personal tastes and preferences whether or not one will like and appreciate it.
Occasional slub or irregularity resulting from a knot in the warp or a loose thread is quite common, but please note that we inspect every end product carefully to determine if any such irregularity creates an overall effect that we find contrary to our quality and aesthetic criteria (and our criteria are very strict).

Custom and personalized orders

We accept custom orders but the time needed to process them varies greatly. If the order involves a fabric that we have in stock, in most cases it will take us no more than one week to complete the order. If the fabric is not in stock, the lead time may be very long, depending on the availability of handloom, color(s), weavers etc. so it will be estimated on a case-by-case basis.

Why the color in handmade fabrics sometimes appears uneven?

This is a consequence of ‘beating’, a movement in the weaving process made to beat weft into place. The intensity with which a weaver will perform this motion inevitably changes during the weaving process. More energetic beats will result in a slightly darker shade, and less energetic in a lighter one.

Care instructions

All our products are machine washable. Wash separately on a gentle cycle at low temperature. The fabric will shrink after first washing, approx. 5% lengthwise and up to 2% widthwise. For best results, drip-dry and then press using very hot steam iron.


We ship from Sri Lanka using EMS speed post. You will be notified when the parcel is shipped, and will receive an online tracking number. Delivery time is approx. two weeks for most European countries and the USA. Please specify you contact phone number when placing the order, it is a required piece of information for EMS shipments.