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Handicrafts in Sri Lanka Handicrafts in Sri Lanka are made applying age-old technique which have passed from generation to generation for centuries. For producing handicrafts raw materials found abundantly in nature are used. Craftsmen producing handicrafts objects were always patronised by the royal families of Sri Lanka. The handcrafts have now become integral part of the Sri Lankan way of life. These crafts are known for vivid color combinations and are eco-friendly.

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Batiks of Sri Lanka are of Indonesian origin but of Sri Lankan design. Was resist dyeing technique is employed for making colorful, dramatic fabrics designer garments. The patterns are made on the white cloth. Depending on the pattern and size of the artwork various sessions of boiling and waxing take place. In rural areas so many people earn their livelihood through batiks. Sri Lanka has plenty of colorful batik styles. The batiks are good souvenirs for tourists.

Ebony Work
Fine handicrafts are made using the hard kernel of black wood. Galle has been famous for these crafts for centuries. Using a mallet and a chisel, expert craftsmen can turn a log of wood to a figure of an elephant.

Brass Work
Several articles are made using brass including lamps, trays, boxes, stands, vases, bagasmats purge, baskets, lampshades, tablemats and chairs. All these cast or wrought brassware items are bedecked with fine carving.

Demon masks
Demon masks were once used in demon propitiation and curative rituals. They make colourful and dramatic decoratingg items and are available in range.

Coir Goods
Coconut fiber is used to make coir goods mats and rags. Dumbara mat in Kandy is one of the famous mats in Sri Lanka. Kandian highland is the center of this highly localised craft.

Costume Jewellery
There are two branches of costume jewellery in Galle: Traditional and Kandyan. In conventional jewellery metal is used for binding the stones. However is Kandyan jewellery more metal work is found. A technique called filigree work is employed over silver jewellery. Hairy silver wire is used to make telescopic grains which are welded to the surface. Kandy is known for filigree jewellery which is costly because of hard work involved.

Handicrafts of Sri LankaLacquer ware
Lacquerware products are also popular among the tourists. Lacquer ware is conventionally obtained from insect resign gathered from forest. This range includes walking Sticks, bookends, ash- trays, letter - openers and wooden handles.

Matale is known for its lac work. Lac is a type of vax obtained from a species of insect. The vax is mixed with colors and applied on wooden objects. These days imported wax called shallack is used instead of Lac. Objects like vases, walking sticks, jewelery boxes and bowls are made using wax or lac.

Lace work was introduced by Portuguese in Sri Lanka. Now it has become an indigenous craft. It is also popularly called pillow lace because a pillow like bed is used to make lace. Lace work is undertaken as a means of livelihood in Galle and Matara District.

Pottery is one of the oldest handicrafts in Srilanka. About 75% population of Sri Lanka still uses clay utensils for cooking. Apart from the objects used in households, terracotta figures, carved vases etc are also made. Molagoda near Kegalle on the Kandy is the best place to buy these products.

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