In 1958, Barbara Sansoni, a colourist and artist, created the “Barefoot” concept out of a need for a rehabilitation program for young Sri Lankan women who had limited schooling and skills. Today, Barefoot is a premier textile design company exporting exquisite hand woven and hand made goods worldwide. Barefoot artisans are dedicated weavers and needlewomen who, without time constraints of mass production, are able to produce premium quality workmanship. Barefoot Sri Lanka opposes exploitive practices. Each artisan earns a real wage enabling them to support their families with self-respect and dignity. This program gives young Sri Lankan women with limited schooling and skills the opportunity to gain and develop these skills to produce these exquisite hand woven and hand made products worldwide.