CHAMANI is the vision, passion and purpose-driven project of designer and social-entrepreneur Chamani Weerasekara. After her parents left their home country of Sri Lanka in hopes of a better life in Australia, she grew up seeing the unique and immense struggles that migrant and refugee Australians faced while trying to establish a life there. With a unique background working as a hospital pharmacist then taking a break for several years to extensively travel throughout South East Asia as a tour manager, she also saw the lack of opportunities especially for women and girls in these countries.
Realizing how blessed her life was just to be born into a western country such as Australia, she was determined to find a way to give back and uplift marginalised women around the world. Combining her loves of helping others, fashion and travel, her label was born.
Working with refugee and migrant women in Australia and a women’s empowerment charity in India, CHAMANI is a revolutionary Australian conscious luxury brand that’s uplifting marginalised women one forever piece at a time. With exclusive limited-item collections, CHAMANI goes beyond beautiful, timeless design to create positive change for people and the planet through a thoughtful, innovative, purpose-driven and transparent value chain. Using the finest quality sustainable, certified dyes and yarns, the custom fabrics in CHAMANI’s collection are hand-woven and hand-dyed by talented artisans who employ ancient and sacred techniques that have been passed down through generations. Each garment is truly a manifestation of months of work, love and collaboration.
More than just a brand, CHAMANI is a movement, a symbol of wearable activism and a dedication to women’s empowerment. Each style and print is named after an inspirational woman at CHAMANI's partnering non-profits, so that wearers not only create a connection with the items that clothe their body but the talented hands behind it. Made with impeccable quality craftsmanship, CHAMANI forever pieces truly exude elegance and sophistication, transcending time and trends to be loved and worn for a lifetime.