If you have read the About Us section of the website you will know that narlaka started way back in 2015 whilst Jess and Amy were holidaying in Sri Lanka. The idea of starting a fashion brand came from a collective mix of the creativity flowing [having met some incredible people on our travels], the amazing prints and fabrics that we came across in Sri Lanka, and the want and need to do something a bit different. But what we get asked a lot is how did we come up with the name... Now, this is a good story!
We were on a safari at Yala Park in Sri Lanka and were driving around in one of those open air safari jeeps with no windows and raised benches. Whilst on the look out for leopards, crocodiles and wart hogs, we were brainstorming names for our brand. A few had been thrown out into the mix, but nothing really captivated us... yet!
It was about half way through the day when we turned down a small path as we had heard on the walkie talkies that elephants had been spotted close by, and sure enough suddenly in the distance on the same path we saw an enormous [and I mean HUGE] male elephant with big tusks. The first special thing about this moment was that our driver had just told us that spotting a Tuscan elephant is extremely rare as only 3% of elephants in Sri Lanka actually have tusks. So it was amazing to actually spot one. But then something even more special happened....
It charged us. Yep, this gigantic and impressive animal started running [I say run, but it was more like a fast walk due to the sheer size of it] towards the jeep, and what did our driver do? Well he didn't reverse that's for sure. He actually tried to turn the jeep around on this narrow path, and when he had got half way [bearing in mind we are hanging out of the jeep like bait right in the path of the elephant now], he stalled! Terror swept through us - we were basically face to face with one of the world's deadliest animals!
But, we live to tell the tail [of course!]. The driver got the jeep started and swiftly carried on with his 5-point turn and off we sped. And so, what is the whole point of the story? Well the elephant was called Narlaka.