Starting off as colleagues, Vikum and Nadishan quickly struck a chord, building a friendship based on shared values, aspirations and not least a passion for the same football team and fast cars. It was during their individual searches for the perfect business idea that they were inspired to join forces and bring their vision for Kantala to life.

Vikum was inspired by how Egypt's rich culture and crafts were integrated into contemporary goods and services, thereby creating value for the country and its people.

He came back to Sri Lanka determined to carry Sri Lanka's wonderful traditional crafts to the global market through contemporary goods and thereby help traditional artisans secure a sustainable livelihood and protect Sri Lanka's traditional crafts.

Kantala's mission is to "deliver artisan fashion accessories that bring empowerment & cheer to the world of fashion, where consumers have the opportunity to invest in responsible high quality handbags & traditional artisans can build a sustainable & respectable livelihood".

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is the world’s foremost organisation for animal rights. All Kantala products carry PETA’s vegan certification. This means no animals were harmed when making a Kantala product. Click on the below tabs to learn more about the sustainable vegan materials we use to make Kantala's fashion fashion handbags.