Colombo offers wide range of handicrafts and other items on sale.
Government-run 'Laksala' emporium is one of the best places to buy
handicrafts like batik, lacquerware, handloom cloth, painted wooden masks
etc. In addition, there are the Handloom Emporium, the Sri Lanka Handloom
Emporium and the Sri Lanka Gem & Jewellery Exchange. Daily use chores
-including some excellent spices, teas and fruit flavoured teas, spices,
ceramics and clothing can be purchased at Liberty Plaza, Colombo's main
shopping district. One can purchase plenty of imported goods in Colombo for
it is a free trade zone.
For purchasing handicrafts you can visit Eco Gallery, Elephant Walk,
Laksala, Prassana Batiks and Kalaya. Prominent antique stores are Barefoot,
Paradise Road, Serendip Gallery, Roux Brothers and Hermitage.
You can visit places like Laksala Gifts, Maurya, The Grand and Cargill's.
For tasting outdoor markets of Sri Lanka visit the Sunday Fair, held behind
Cargill's. Laksala Gifts is a fine place for souvenirs. Things are available
in good variety and cheap prices. The Grand has plenty of tourist shops
selling things like batiks, tea, silk, figurines and masks. But things can
be overpriced here. In the month of April, scores of temporary shops crop up
on the bus stand-racecourse road. This place is a nice option if you are
fond of barter dealing. Maurya is a nice place if you want to deal in saris,
sarongs or other textiles. Local music scores can also be purchased here.
Cargill's is the main grocery chain of Sri Lanka. For Western-style
groceries, alcohol or pharmaceutical items, Cargill's is the best place to
Galle is a good place in Sri Lanka to look colonial pieces and
antiques. Ceramics, jewellery and bric-a-brac are common items people search
for. Olanda possess Dutch period furniture and reproduction including carved
wooden window and door lintels. One can take home brass door hings, Buddhist
and Hindu statues, and ceramic door knobs. If you prefer standard
handicrafts, there's a Laksala (Sumudradisi Mawatha) in the town. You can
also visit Shoba Apparel in Galle fort. In the bylanes of Galle Fort one can
find mindboggling collection of antiques which includes sofa sets, bed,
cutlery, furnishing and glassware.
Most popular handicraft in Galle is lace making. Brussels and the more
contemporary Honiton type lace is available. This type of lace is handmade
on pillows. Another popular local craft is gem polishing. Several jewellers
shops are located here. Carved pieces of ebony are another option if lace
and jewelery don't fascinate you.
Most precious offerings of Kandy are gemstones like sapphires, rubies,
zircon, beryls and quartz. If gems are out of your budget you can take home
handicrafts. Woodcarving has long been associated with the Kandyan region.
Wooden roofs, pillars, doors, windows, and even wooden bridges were all
bedecked with finely carved designs. You can find elegant trays, wall
plaques and figurines. Sesath is unique craft to Sri Lanka. It is used for
Skilled Kandyan craftmen produced high quality leather products like
handbags, belts, wallets etc. Lacquer crafts produce articles like ash trays
jewellery boxes stands for flower pots etc. employing age old techniques.
You can find best exponents of art work in Kandy. You can get items like ash
trays, mirror frames, serviette rings, letter openers, letter holders, oil
lamps, trays, bowls vases, spittoons etc. Silver is used to make expensive
utility objects like jewellery jewellery boxes, tea sets and trays. Copper
and brass articles are plated with silver or gold. Kandyan jewellery
encompasses complete range of head to foot ornaments, both for men and
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. Every would-be bride in Sri Lanka wants to be dressed in Kandyan
Jewellery. Master craftsmen of Sri Lanka make unique jewellery.
You can buy souvenir items at the popular sites of Anuradhapur. You have
the options of purchasing replica artefacts, postcards, earrings, carved
wooden figurines, masks and number of other items. Zam Zams has a wide
assortment of products. Essentials can be purchased from any of the
Law prohibits illegal to remove items older than
100 years old from the country. You may face up to three years in Sri Lankan
prisons for attempting that. You should always purchase replicas from the