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Language is many-layered, many-hued

Language is many-layered, many-hued. It becomes a mirror of its community showing the wealth of influences that have shaped those people. Language reveals the beauty of the diversity that shoulders a community’s identity.

Sinhala is a Sri Lankan language that is thought to derive its alphabet from the Prakrits—the spoken vernaculars brought to the island by early North Indian settlers. Since then, it has been influenced by the Dravidian language Tamil, with which it has coexisted for centuries.

Mirroring many influences from around the world, we find that the Sinhala language and its evolution capture the fascinating and accurate story of how Sri Lanka is a hybrid island shaped by many peoples and cultures. We released a screen-printed poster art series that celebrates this diversity.

✺ This series is now available at the 94777647096 catalogue on Whatsapp.