About the collaboration

In September 2022, a remarkable encounter unfolded, igniting a visionary partnership set to reshape the landscape of sustainable textiles. The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Colombo met with Selyn Textiles, an innovative organization committed to enhancing transparency within the handloom supply chain through the integration of blockchain technology. In close collaboration with Nicole van der Velden, an interior architect from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy embarked on a remarkable journey to rejuvenate its Colombo office and residence. At its core, this endeavour embodied a sustainable and innovative approach - recycling old furniture reupholstered with the revolutionary blockchain-integrated fabrics developed by Selyn Textiles.

This ambitious initiative not only aligns seamlessly with the Embassy's circular economy objectives but also resonates deeply with Europe's broader sustainability aspirations. Yet, it extends beyond environmental considerations. The collaboration between the Embassy and Selyn Textiles challenges conventional norms, delving into issues of decolonisation and equity. The overarching goal is to shift power dynamics, acknowledge the intrinsic value of products from the global south, and ensure that profits flow equitably within the supply chain, benefiting all stakeholders.

This partnership stands as a testament to a vision driven by principles of co-creation, meticulous research, and an unwavering commitment to transparency and equality. Together, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Selyn Textiles are crafting new narratives, fostering heightened collective awareness, and weaving a more sustainable and equitable future for all. Join us in celebrating this remarkable journey of transformation and collaboration.