With a tradition worth thousands of years in history, it’s only fair to say that Sri Lanka’s shopping scene has evolved with an eclectic mix of both trends and styles available internationally as well as a result of the influence from local arts and culture. Even locals always find something new out there to shop for be it a beautiful dress made with beeralu lace trimmings from Galle or a traditional mask from Ambalangoda. For those visiting Sri Lanka, they are stunned to see arts and crafts that are not only unique to the island nation but also so very different from its South Asian counterparts and find themselves stuck for choice when shopping for carvings, paintings, sculptures, batiks, jewellery, lace, wood, ceramics, leather and gems.
Here is a quick list we compiled to help you when shopping for arts and crafts in Colombo.
Among the higher end of the price spectrum, Paradise Road gives you beautiful pieces of art and homeware curated to all types of shoppers. They call themselves a “store selling hand picked antiques and contemporary designed local handicrafts” and has range of unique local ceramics, beautiful household items such vases, table mats, candle holders among other homeware goodies. Most of their stores come with plenty of parking and their outlet on Alfred House Gardens also has Gallery Cafe for those wanting to getaway from afternoon traffic and tropical heat. For those who literally shop till they drop, you can stop for the night here and start tomorrow!
On the same price and style range as Paradise Road, Barefoot Gallery on Galle Road is a beautiful vibrant store with gorgeous weaver products that are designed and weaved in Sri Lanka. Barefoot Gallery has beautiful handloomed bed linen, cushion covers, mats, table runners, stationery, clothes and even jewellery. Looking to shop for an entire family or group of friends abroad from one store? Then Barefoot Gallery is definitely where you should head to. There is a bookstore, cafe and plenty of parking. On weekends they sometimes even have live music or performances after which you can crash at Yoho Rheinland Place located just round the corner.
If you want to gift someone a little something traditional, then Laksala is the place to go. They even have over 13 branches islandwide with plenty of tea, spices, colourful batik, arts and crafts, gems, jewellery, leather and ceramic items that are reasonably price. The store at Bauddhaloka Mawatha has plenty of parking and even a Barista outlet for those wanting a nice cuppa coffee. Moreover, did you know that our property at Yoho Longdon Place is also in close proximity?
The Gem Museum
The Gem Museum in Colombo is a place where anyone who like sparkly things should make a stop. Known as the land of gems (or Ratnadeepa in Sinhala) Sri Lanka is also home to the infamous 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire worn by Diana, Princess of Wales and now, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. The store has gems and jewellery of all type and you can made certain of the authenticity of products you pay for.
House of Fashions
For those wanting clothes, accessories and souvenirs for great bargains under one roof, House of Fashions is the place to be. The store consists of five stores, each of which is dedicated to each category. There are a few branded, factory surplus and winter wear also available at a very reasonable rates. For those who are lost for options to shop for friends and family House of Fashions will never fail to disappoint!
Do you think we have missed out on anything? Did we cover your favourite shopping destination for arts and crafts? Let us know in the comments below!