THE CRAFT

With a history more than 2500 years, Sri Lanka has a proud heritage of handmade crafts. You will find distinctive items made with wooden and palm in our store, which can be used as a decorative item or as a unique gift to your loved ones.

Sri Lankan crafts have an undying connection between religion and the culture. All crafts are handmade individual basis, using various tools and mechanism, including the own artistic talent to paint the item and produce the final masterpiece.  

All crafts products we sell are Eco friendly, quality items that enhance the Sri Lankan unique art and craft.

THE CRAFTSMAN

The crafting knowledge is passed down to generation to generation from the family tree. Crafting industry is a family based business in Sri Lanka, where the whole family gets together and produces various types of items and distribute the market.

The timber that is used to make these decorative and colorful masterpieces should always be light and durable. Trees such as "Rukkattana" and "Diyakanduru" are used. Also, this has been a time consuming lengthy process starting from timber seasoning process to crafting and painting. Our craftsman are born with a unique skill with a wider knowledge on crafting and the history. Craftsman spends many number of man hours to produce final masterpiece, because each element is designed, carved and painted individually.

Process of making  a traditional Sri Lankan mask

 

 

There is a strong connection between the masks and the Sri Lankan tradition. The history of the masks that are exceptional to Sri Lankan (Ceylon) dates back to the 1800's which were used to represent various characters in popular historical folk tales and the devil dancing.  Sri Lankan mask making and devil the dancing tradition is influenced mainly from the cities of Kerala and Malabar in India, while Sri Lankan craftsman has managed to incorporate more decorative Techniques and color in the masks that are manufactured today. City Ambalangoda in Sri Lanka is known to be the heart of mask carving industry.

Masks are used in dramatic adaptations, dance performances, various rituals and also cure sicknesses (according to village rituals). Raksha (meaning Demon/ Devil) masks are used to perform Raksha dances in Kolam Maduwa. According to the history, Sri Lanka was ruled by a race called Rakshasas, and Ramayana was the name of the king. Rakshasas could assume various forms such as Naga, Gurulu, Mayura and Gini.