Traditional Arts and Crafts of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a rich country with varied heritage of traditional arts and craft. The colorful handicrafts are made out of natural indigenous raw materials by craftsman and women who?s skills are passed by generations to generation.
Sri Lankan handicrafts have been able to successfully combined with modern designs, trends and colors. It shows a higher degree of specialization among the regain for its raw materials and for its patterns making them very popular among tourists.
What to buy:
Laksala is a government owned handicraft shops located in many places of Sri Lanka, spicily in Colombo. You will be able to by vide verity of handicrafts made out of wood, brass, silver, natural fiber, buffalo horn, coconut shell, bamboo. Household linen, batiks, embroidered garments, lace, lacquer products, and costume jewellery.
Wooden mask making is a specialized craft of the southern province. These masks were originally used for curative rituals and for demon propitiation. Masks are in various sizes and with bright colors. Contact us for tour in a mask making factory in southern province.
Bathik is a Indonesian origin but Sri Lankan bathik garments with colorful dramatic fabrics you will not find anywhere in the world.
The handloom woven cotton and silk textiles have seen a major arrival in Sri Lanka recently. With variety of colors and patterns handloom textiles has become very popular among tourist as well.
Sri Lanka has long history for its pottery tradition. Among them Low ?fired terra-cotta, goblets, tiles, vases and ornamentals are very popular
Drums and Musical Instruments:
Wide verity of traditional drums and musical items are among the other interesting handicrafts.