Written by Adam Bryce
Photographed by Joe Dowling
Tuhirangi Blair and Prak Sritharan come together to celebrate culture and craft on a highly collectable scale.
Two of INDEX’s favourite purveyors of style and culture, Lucky Dip and Precinct 35 have come together to create a special capsule collection steeped in history and personal pride.
Celebrating the vibrancy, heritage and craft of Sri Lanka, Precinct 35’s founder, Prak Sritharan, sourced vintage fabrics from his grandparents’ saris and sarongs, which have been cleverly repurposed by Lucky Dip’s designer, Tuhirangi Blair, into short-sleeve shirts.
As with all Lucky Dip garments, no detail is left unturned. The ‘Ceylon’ shirts feature revere collars, single-needle, flat-felled seam construction, mock-placket sleeve finish and natural calico reinforcement at facing and collar.
In keeping with the family thread of the project, the photoshoot (captured by the brilliant Joe Dowling) was directed by Sritharan himself and the garments are modelled by none other than some of his uncles from his hometown of Hamilton.