Art and Crafts

Sri Lanka’s arts and crafts are popular in many countries today due to their rich history dating back to ancient times. So its important location on the ancient Silk Road made Sri Lanka a landmark in cultural and trade exchange between the West and the East.  That is, for trade, shipping, and transportation.  Reports from India and China attest to the island’s cultural, political and commercial potential.

In many ways, Sri Lankan art is an inspiration to its long-standing Buddhist tradition, which has evolved over thousands of years into countless regional and local traditions and evolved into a unique genre of Sri Lankan art.  Surprisingly, many Sri Lankan arts generated religious beliefs and are represent in artistic forms such as art, sculpture and architecture.  Preserving this history is my responsibility as well as yours.

Arts and Crafts of Sri Lanka Sculpture and Art

Indian culture has also had a great impact on the arts and crafts of Sri Lanka.  It has also nurtured the culture of Asia

Sri Lanka Mask,

Indian Buddhist culture, which was introduce to Sri Lanka along with Buddhism in the 3rd century, has been an integral part of Sri Lankan culture ever since.  It means dance, poetry, books, religion and culture. So,

However, this has not hindered the development of a unique Sri Lankan tradition of expression in its own way.  The artistic style of Sri Lanka varied from kingdom to kingdom along its historical lines, each of which added a series of characteristic features to the arts and crafts of Sri Lanka and eventually became the heritage we see today.

Sri Lankan Arts Crafts of Architecture

Sri Lankan architecture, like many other Sri Lankan arts, is closely based on religious beliefs and Buddhism is one of the most influential elements. Not only Buddhism, but Hinduism has another important influence on the architecture of Sri Lanka, which is represent by Hindu temples and shrines of Hinduism.

As Sri Lanka has been occupied by three generations of colonialism, beginning with the Portuguese and finally with the British, Sri Lankan architecture has evolved and influenced those three cultures over time. But the colonial heritage found in the ancient buildings of the country enhances the attractiveness of Sri Lanka.

Therefore, Sri Lanka is a place where different cultures are intertwine and it is a fitting description to create a culture and heritage more than any other country in the world.  This is unique to this country and is the result of the creations of ancient kings.

Arts and Crafts Sri Lanka Handicrafts

I have talked about this in another article and you can watch it. However, I will also give a brief description here. There are many different handicrafts in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan handicraft collection can be by tourists at shops and boutiques across the country.

sri lanka arts and Crafts Highlights

Sculptures and paintings of Sri Lanka it is Buddhism that has created a deep sense of art and craft in Sri Lanka.

So, in sculpture, many of the works were dominator by the structures of the Buddha. In the early days, Buddha statues were often carve out of living rock in the limestone hills.

Other materials have been use for centuries to sculpt Buddha statues, such as jade, stone, stucco, marble, emerald, ivory, coral, wood and metal.  The Supreme Buddha is represent in three main postures: standing, meditating, and relaxing.  The ornate sculptures on the stairs of Buddhist temples and palaces reveal the great talents of Sri Lankan sculptors and symbolize the strength of religious faith among Sinhala Buddhists.

Like sculptures, Sri Lankan paintings are closely associated with Buddhism.  All the themes in Sri Lankan paintings are related to the Buddha: stories about the life of the Buddha and the life of the Buddha, for example.  Great paintings can be seen on the walls of several Buddhist monasteries and shrines.

There are two distinct styles of art in Sri Lanka: classical style and ‘Kandyan’ style.  The classic style is powerful, intricate and expressive, while the ‘Kandyan’ style conveys the simplicity and integrity of expression.


So, Mask is a face dress use for Sri Lankan dances. In the early days, masks were use for rituals, drama, and healing. Masks are believe to provide curative power for physical problems. Most masks are make of mahogany light wood and appeal to a variety of characters.

I look forward to writing a future article on Sri Lankan Masks for an in-depth review of these amazing embellished dresses.


The pottery industry is one of the oldest crafts in Sri Lanka and is still a daily tool of many who use clay pots for cooking is the In addition to pots, more intricate products such as terracotta figurines, carved pots, etc. are also made for souvenirs.


Batik making is actually an Indonesian art but has developed into a style that is unique to Sri Lanka.  Tourists can find various batiks sold all over the island. Some of the best and most original copies are batik paintings made from Kandy and Fresco Batiks on Peredenia Road outside of Kandy.

Batik is an Indonesian word used to describe a common wax-resistant dye used in textiles. The word begins with the Javanese word “amba”, meaning writing and the Javanese word dot or dot, “titik”.

It is most likely in ancient Egypt or Sumerian that it is more than a millennium old.

So Batik art is at the forefront of technology, intricate design and refined aesthetics in Java, Indonesia.  The island of Java has been famous for its excellent batik for centuries. This is especially true in places like Yogyakarta, Solo, Sirebon and Pekalongan. For more information read my article on batik,

Art and Crafts

Author:- Malindu Malaka

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