Throughout history, Buddhism has played an important role in influencing the various arts and crafts of Sri Lanka. The paintings were a popular method used to decorate walls of the shrines, palaces and other important constructions. This traditional Sri Lankan art, which are dated back thousands of years can still be found in ancient cities like Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Perhaps the finest example of ancient art in Sri Lanka is found in Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Other than that various styles of paintings can be seen belonging different eras, often influenced by dominating cultures and practices that took root during the time.
If you had the chance or any other traditional cultural display, you would have most certainly seen dancers wearing scary looking facial wear. These are masks that depict traditional folklore in Sri Lanka and were originally used in rituals like devil dances practiced for healing purposes. Today, they are a key feature seen in many traditional festivals and processions. This industry is still kept alive mainly in the coastal city, Ambalangoda and you could even consider buying one of these colorful works of art to take back home with you.
The handloom textile industry of Sri Lanka is one which is centuries old. Due to its fine quality and luxurious appeal, it's no surprise that handloom was once historically traded to other parts of the world like China, India and Middle East. In recent years, this industry has received a strong boost due to the rising demand for environmentally friendly, sustainable materials. There are a number of handloom products available in Sri Lanka. Among these are curtains, soft toys and most importantly exquisitely beautiful garments like saris, sarongs and more.
Throughout history, jewelry has played a very important role in Sri Lankan culture. We recommend you head to the National Museum for a wide array of jewelry items worn by kings and queens. Even today, the industry receives much prominence as it is an important source of income to the country. While in Sri Lanka you will not be able to resist the urge to pick up some pieces of jewelry. Most of these will come in traditional and modern designs. Sri Lankan jewelry also features the finest quality precious and semi-precious gems. Ratnapura is a famous city in Sri Lanka known to be a treasure trove of such valuable jewels, so you might want to book our and spend a day or two of your vacation in this city.