Sri Lanka has plenty of
tempting wares to offer for shoppers, and what is best is that there is
something to suit virtually every budget. If you have plenty to spend,
there’s nothing quite as enticing as Sri Lanka’s precious gemstones
, sapphires, rubies, beryls, zircon, quartz and more. Although Kandy
& Ratnapura, is the most important gem centre, gemstones are also
easily available though usually at a higher price, at other places.
If gems don’t quite
fit your pocket or your preferences, there are handicrafts aplenty.
Among the most popular are painted wooden ceremonial masks ranging in
size from key rings to full, life size ones; batik – an originally
Indonesian method of dyeing cloth using wax to create patterns, leather
worker (especially bags), lacquer-work, jewellery, coir-ware and
Handicrafts: WOOD CARVING"wood carving in the Kandyan region was originally associated with
architecture. Wooden pillars, roofs, doors, windows, door-bolts and even
wooden bridges were all decorated with finely carved designs.
are produced without prejudice to the traditional styles of carving. The
creations of the present generation include many beautiful objects of
art such as trays, wall plaques and figurines both secular and religions.
SESATH WORK:Sesath is a type of sunshade of great artistic and cultural value and
unique to Sri Lanka. It is used on ceremonial occasions as a symbol of
dignity and as an item of interior decor in residences. Home of the
craft is Unaveruwa in Matale.
Although production of Leather goods has not been a traditional Kandyan
handicraft there are a few talented craftsmen in the region who produce
high quality ladies hand bags, wallets, belts etc. Embossed with
traditional and modern designs, owing to the contemporary demand for
LACQUER WORK: The task of the lacquer worker originally was to decorate the arrow
shafts, flag staves, bed - legs and walking sticks, for the nobility.
Although most of these items are not in use now, the present generation
of craftsmen produce several other articles such as Sesath staves ash
trays jewellery boxes stands for flower pots etc. using the age- old
BRASS, SILVER AND MIXED METAL WORK :The best exponents of the art of brass work are in the Kandy and Matale
Districts. The variety of items produced display a unique cultural
identity. Other than the traditional items such as oil lamps, trays,
bowls vases, spittoons etc. among the recent additions are ash trays,
mirror frames, serviette rings, letter openers and letter holders.Silver is used in making expensive
utility objects like jewellery jewellery - boxes, tea - sets, trays,
bottle - openers, candle - holders and various cutlery items such as
spoons, bowls etc.
Articles made of copper and brass are
also plated with silver or gold or anodised to prevent tarnishing and to
eliminate the need for regular polishing.
Kandyan Jewellery:Kandyan Jewellery, once worn by both
men and women carry a complete range of head to foot ornaments. Men
usually wore chains, pendants, waist chains and rings and women wore
earrings chains bracelets and rings etc.A bride dressed in the traditional Kandyan costume bedecked with the
full array of jewellery presents a beautiful sight which is the dream of
every Sri Lanka bride groom.Kandyan Jewellery is unique in style and design and bear the half mark
of traditional Kandyan master craftsmen.