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Handicraft Sri Lanka
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Handicraft

Undoubtedly, your souvenir basket from Sri Lanka will overflow with items of all types, given the extremely rich local handicraft. Wooden sculpted masks are among the most prized objects for tourists. Batiks, leather goods and precious stones are plentiful and will charm the regular customer. You will also find a vast diversity of baskets.


Handicraft , Traditional dances , Sri Lanka
Traditional dances

In Sri Lanka, dances are a part of everyday life. There is one for every occasion: religious dances, ritual dances and dances to heal the sick are just a few examples, and percussionists provide the beat.

© Dinodia / age fotostock
Handicraft , Sri Lanka
The origins

Legend has it that Kandyan Dance was born 2,500 years ago, after a an exorcism ritual performed on a king.

Qi Feng / 123RF
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The Tandava


Fedor Selivanov / 123RF
Handicraft , Sri Lanka
A night of folklore

Once a year, nightfall gives way to dramatic representations of local folklore, which last between 7 and 10 minutes.

Iryna Rasko / 123RF
Handicraft , Sri Lanka
An originally masculine dance.

Initially, the dances were reserved for males. They have since been homogenised.

Iryna Rasko / 123RF
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