Ratnapura is the most famous place to find gems, including blue sapphires, the king of Sri Lankan precious stones. Mobile view is currently unavailiable for this section Please view this page on a bigger screen. I saw a lot of them in white and black colors with red making an occasional entry. I visited one moonstone mine and it was fascinating to see the gems being mined, sorted, cut, polished and fitted into metal to make lovely jewelry.
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Traveller Ranked Book Online. Jayamali Batiks Studio Kandy. Tsunami Photo Museum Telwatta. S Antique And Brassware Ella. Art Galleries , Art Museums. Stone 'N' String Colombo. The art of making batiks was introduced from Indonesia by the Dutch and numerous factories and smaller workshops around the island now churn out considerable quantities of batik clothes and pictures.
At whichever end of the scale, all are made through the same time-consuming process of carefully applying wax to the areas not to be dyed. After each dying, the fabric must be fixed, the old wax washed out, and then more wax reapplied for the next dyeing.
In this way, the pictures gradually develop in colour washes as the batik-maker works from light to dark. For Picasso-inspired batik pieces that have been exhibited in galleries in Europe, visit Dudley Silva at his home-cum-workshop, 53 Elpitiya Road, Ambalangoda.
Local women in a batik workshop in Sri Lanka. Lacemaking was introduced to Sri Lanka in the 16th century by the Portuguese. Hours of painstaking work are needed to produce just a few centimetres and, as in Europe, lacemakers are mainly women.
A good place to shop for lace is the Shoba Display Gallery at 67a Pedlar Street in Galle, which showcases the work of local lacemakers. Insight Guides' local experts can take you to the best lace shops in Galle on our Unforgettable Sri Lanka holiday.
Metalwork is also widely produced, especially around Kandy, the source of the ceremonial brass lamps which are used in temples, at weddings and on Sinhala New Year. Striking, if sadly a bit too big for the suitcase. Metalworkers also produce lavishly detailed trays and decorative items, laboriously indented to create delicate patterns, although these are generally too fussy for most Western tastes.
Attractive metalwork statuettes can also sometimes be found. Lacquer bowls, containers and other objects originate from Matale near Kandy but are now found everywhere. Many of these are just painted and coated with varnish but you can find work finished with lac. This is a resinous substance that is secreted by the lac insect when it punctures the bark of certain trees. The resin is removed, melted down and strained through muslin and worked while it is still soft with the pigment.
A hand-made Sri Lankan souvenir. Various shops and itinerant hawkers around the west and south coasts offer marine products — usually polished shells and pieces of coral — for sale. A variety of gems are often found together in river bed gem pits including spinels, corundums sapphire and ruby and star stones. But most outstanding of all are the glistening rubies and sapphires for which Sri Lanka has been one of the oldest sources in the world.
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Suriya Home Décor, one of Sri Lanka’s leading lifestyle stores, displays a timeless palette of innovative and locally-made products at its boutique store located in Layards Road. The store exudes a warm, homely, atmosphere with beautifully-crafted decorative household accessories and quaint curios. "Got my apacer mAh power bank quickly.. good service.. hope to purchase more goods from this.. highly recommended [sic]" Tharindu Palansuriya. Shopping Tips for Sri Lanka Souvenirs. Always remember to bargain hard in Sri Lanka. Rates quoted are manifold of the actual rate. There is no way to know the best rate but try your best. Laksala – a government emporium with branches all over the country and specifically at tourist locations is a fixed price shop offering a wide range of Sri Lanka Souvenirs.