Why S A L I Y A?
Because Everyone wants a good Love story, right?
Prince Saliya was heir to the throne, being the son of King Dutugamunu, the most powerful and legendary king of Sri Lanka.
Saliya fell in love with a beautiful girl named Asokamala, a commoner.
He renounced the throne and all privileges of a royal Life choosing Love, marrying Asokamala.
The word “Saliya” is rooted in Dravidian languages meaning “spider”, a symbol of weaving.
The traditional story is that the Saliya people were a caste of weavers who wove clothes with sacred silk thread for a royal family in India.
Weaving and particularly calico, has a rich history.
Mahatma Gandhi, an icon for peace and social contribution, recognised the importance of education, self-reliance and self-sufficiency.
He learned how to spin thread and weave his own cloth.
The spider as a symbol is steeped in rich legend, seen in various traditions as representing creativity, wisdom keepers, creators and helpers.
A “sutta or “sutra” refers to threads or teachings of knowledge in both Pali (the ancient language of Theravada Buddhism) and Sanskrit (an ancient language of India).
The threads are the Essence.
Fabrics and blank canvases represent endless possibilities and New Beginnings.
While the final painted canvas or woven fabric is important, the detail of what has gone into this item is fundamental.
S A L I YA is internationally known by clients and students.
The Owner: A person who works with people.
S A L I Y A stems from the vision, love and determination of one woman.
By integrating education with independent travel, a talent for creative design and historical appreciation,
Colleen & S A L I Y A goes beyond standard Yoga, Alternative Dispute Resolution & educational expectation.
What her friends say: She’s INSTINCT. The reliable, responsible friend with a Heart and Voice of Reason.
What her family says: She’s BRINGS a sense of humour to the table.
What she says: “There are many layers to me if you choose to know me”.
Humanitarian and Environmental Contributions:
An independent social enterprise
focused on societal contribution
done in a sustainable
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