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Improving Sustainability and Encouraging Innovation in Traditional Craft Sectors: the Case of Sri Lankan Handloom Industry

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Improving Sustainability and Encouraging Innovation in Traditional Craft Sectors : the Case of Sri Lankan Handloom Industry. / Wanniarachchi , Thushari; Dissanayake, Kanchana; Downs, Carolyn.

In: Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, Vol. 24, No. 2, 01.06.2020, p. 111-130.

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Wanniarachchi T, Dissanayake K, Downs C. Improving Sustainability and Encouraging Innovation in Traditional Craft Sectors: the Case of Sri Lankan Handloom Industry. Research Journal of Textile and Apparel. 2020 Jun 1;24(2):111-130. Epub 2020 May 14. doi: 10.1108/RJTA-09-2019-0041

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Wanniarachchi , Thushari ; Dissanayake, Kanchana ; Downs, Carolyn. / Improving Sustainability and Encouraging Innovation in Traditional Craft Sectors : the Case of Sri Lankan Handloom Industry. In: Research Journal of Textile and Apparel. 2020 ; Vol. 24, No. 2. pp. 111-130.

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