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Sculpture and Painting

Sri lanka

Arts like sculpture and painting in Sri Lanka have always developed under the influence of Buddhism. Most works of sculpture in the country have been of Buddha images. The idols of Buddha’s were carved from the living rock of limestone cliffs. Other mater ...

European architecture

Sri lanka

European architecture left considerably influence on the way buildings were made in Sri Lanka. The Portuguese left the tiled-roof building with its verandah, the Catholic churches as well as the forts. Galle fort is an excellent example of Dutch legacy. T ...

Hindu architecture

Sri lanka

Most Hindu temples in Sri Lanka are dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is known as kovils in Sri Lanka. A Hindu temple usually consists of a prayer hall and shrine room. Shikhara is the central edifice of the Hindu temple. Shikhara is in dome or pyramid ...

Buddhist architecture

Sri lanka

Buddhist religious architecture developed in South Asia in the 3rd century BCE. Three types of structures are associated with the religious architecture of early Buddhism: monasteries (viharas), places to venerate relics (stupas), and shrines or prayer ...

Architecture of Sri Lanka

Sri lanka

Architecture in Sri Lanka has always been closely associated with religion. Buddhism has always been an umbrella under which the architecture of Sri Lanka has evolved. Sri Lanka has also remained under the occupation of the Portuguese, followed by the Dut ...

Sabaragamuwa Dance

Sabaragamuwa

Those of the Veddah tribe also known as the ‘Sapara’ tribe mostly lived in the region called Sabaragamuwa, named after them. Because of its ancient history the dance traditions of the veddahs are older than considered to be much older than other dance tra ...

Low Country Dance

Sri Lanka

Low country dance is performed to please the sickness-causing evil spirits. The dancers put masks on their faces. These masks resemble birds, demons, reptiles etc. This type of dance is highly ritualistic.

Kandyan Dance

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Kandyan Dance

Kandy

History pose of the Kandayn dance According to the legend, the origins of the dance lies in dance ritual known as the Kohomba Kankariya, which is also known as Kohomba yak kankariya or Kankariya. Traditional dance masters believe that originally the K ...

Dances of Sri Lanka

Sri lanka

People of ancient Sri Lanka regarded dance as the best way to please the nature gods and danced to save themselves from natural disasters. Dancing started in Sri Lanka during the 4th century BCE. However South Indian influence became obvious in Sri Lanka ...

ARTS AND CRAFTS OF SRI LANKA

Sri lanka

Art of Sri Lanka has achieved great heights during the course of history. All the Sri Lankan art forms like dance, music, sculpture, paintings and architecture have enjoyed development. with the influence of Buddhism. Originated religious beliefs of the p ...

Wooden Masks in Sri Lanka

Ambalangoda

Wooden Masks are produced mainly in the South western coastal belt of Sri Lanka. Of all the areas of the South-western coastal belt, the city of Ambalangoda has a long heritage in the specialized handicraft of producing Wooden Masks in a wide range of siz ...

Lace making in Sri Lanka

South-western Province

Lace making is not an indigenous art that was pioneered by the Portuguese in the 16th century. It began in the South-western coastal areas, especially around Galle and was practiced by the Dutch ladies during the Dutch colonial era. Later the Sinhalese la ...

Sri Lankan Jewellery

Sri lanka

Sri Lanka’s Jewellery is of superior craftsmanship that competes on the international level bringing in foreign revenue into the country. Sri Lanka has two traditions in designing jewellery: Galle Low Country Traditional also called Western Traditional a ...

Reed and rush ware in Sri Lanka

Sri lanka

Reed and rush ware products are made of materials processed of talipot or thalakola, coconut and palmyrah leaves, cane and bamboo. Among the handcrafted products are table mats, cane furniture, mats, bags, purses, baskets, hats, boxes, lamp shades, kitche ...

Mat weaving in Sri Lanka

Sri lanka

Since the ancient times, Mat weaving used to be practiced by rural women at home while their husbands were away at work in paddy fields or Chena cultivation in Sri Lanka. Today, mat weaving is a popular cottage industry with established sales outlets aro ...

Sri Lankan Handloom Textiles

Sri lanka

Handloom textiles are produced in Sri Lanka within the confines of a small-scale industry that generate employment to rural women. Among the Handloom textiles produced are household linen such as bedclothes and towels, upholstery materials, furnishing mat ...

Sri Lankan Batiks

Sri lanka

Batik is of Indonesian roots, yet in Sri Lanka, the craft has developed into a unique style to produce shirts, sarongs, dresses, shorts, wall hangings, cushions covers, bed hangers and a multitude of décor items. Batik handicraft products are of distincti ...

Lacquer Works

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Lacquer Works

Kandyan provinces.

Lacquer work is Sri Lanka handicraft is from the Kandyan provinces. Lac is a resin secreted from the bark of certain trees that have been infested with the Lac beetle. The resin is scraped from the bark, melted and strained. While the Lac is soft, pigment ...

Metal Cutwork

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Metal Cutwork

Sri lanka

Handicraft of metal cutwork involves cutting the design onto a flat sheet of metal first and embellishing the work by engraving, hatching or Repose secondly. This method is adopted mainly in production of metalwork such as trays and plaques. In Repose me ...

Brass Castings

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Brass Castings

Sri lanka

Coconut oil lamps, pots, bowls, vases, wall plaques, trinket boxes and other household utensils are made with cast technique. Brass Castings are done by the “lost wax” method: the model is sculpted in wax, covered with clay, and baked so that the wax is m ...

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