Chile promotes ethically made Mankada tea bag holders

An exquisitetea bag holder shaped as a tea leaf, handmade at Mankada, the Merrill J. Fernando Centre for Traditional Art and Craft is now being promoted in Chile as a gift option. Mankada was established by Dilmah founder Merrill J. Fernando to provide a group of marginalised villagers living on the periphery of the Udawalawe National Park in South Eastern Sri Lanka with a mode of livelihood.Today, Mankada has evolved to produce gift items, kitchenware and jewellery. Some of the items produced at Mankada include species discovered in Dilmah tea gardens, endemic species in the Udawalawe National Park. Several Mankada items are now included in the Jme collection of Chef Jamie Oliver. The items at Mankada that can be promoted as pack inserts include pendants depicting animals from Udawalawe National Park and fish and amphibian species discovered in Dilmah tea gardens.

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