Jan 14, 2021
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Hello, my name is Shihani Alexander, and I’m a 23 year old full-time college student at the University of Maryland – College Park. Although I’ve been living in the United States for the past ten years, I was born and raised in Sri Lanka. I take pride in my Sri Lankan roots and admire the traditional culture and customs that I have celebrated since my childhood. I have always wanted to do something meaningful that embraces my Sri Lankan heritage, so I created my clothing brand ​UpCeylon​ that holds a unique mission – spreading traditional Sri Lankan clothing while simultaneously supporting the Sri Lankan community.

UpCeylon​ is a U.S. based online business that carries various clothing items made in Sri Lanka. I take pride in where my garments come from and the quality in which they’re manufactured. Most of my pieces contain batik designs, a contemporary handcrafted art design. Batik is an extremely time-consuming handmade technique created with hot wax; hence each design has slight artistic variations from piece to piece.

Today, batik is a rapidly expanding industry in Sri Lanka, especially among tourists. Due to the high demand for batik across the global market, batik designs are now being printed on fabric and mass-produced in large factories. To help preserve this contemporary art, ​UpCeylon ​is closely working with small batik houses in Sri Lanka, intending to keep traditional batik art alive. This meaningful relationship provides opportunities to empower local batik artisans to showcase their skills to the western world.

UpCeylon ​carries modern batik dresses, women’s tops, men’s shirts, sarongs, and cushion covers with unique individually handcrafted cultural designs. Our garments are designed to maximize fashion as well as comfort, and we ship to anywhere in the world. Any U.S order above $50 is eligible for free shipping. ​One customer means so much to a small business like UpCeylon​, so we also have a loyalty rewards program set up on our website to reward our awesome customers. By following us on Instagram @upceylon or liking our Facebook page @upceylon, you can always stay updated on special promotions, discounts, and new arrivals.

UpCeylon​ accepts payments from PayPal, ApplePay, Visa, Mastercard, AMEX, Discover, and GooglePay. To order our products, to view prices, or to take a look at our online store:

please visit​.

For any other inquires please email us at

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