Sri Lanka, which is famous for handicrafts, holds a long history of craft heritage. According to “Mahawamsa” the prevailed arts and crafts were innovated with the arrival of Buddhist Nun “Sanghamitta” to Sri Lanka from India. The history records that crafts men belong to sixty different castes arrived to Sri Lanka along with her on her visit that brought the Sacred Bo- Tree to Anuradhapura.
With this heritage Sri Lanka got fame all over the world for its arts and crafts. If you visit ancient cities like Anuradgapura. Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Kandy you will marvel at the intricate designs of Sri Lankan craftsmen. The flawless stone carving of Samadhi Buddha statue, the stone Buddha statues at Anuarhapura: Awkana, Polonnaruwa Gal Vihara are unique in their carving.
Ambekke Temple is another marvelous place that you must visit on your visit to Sri Lanka. The intricate wood carvings at the temple are stupendous in their beauty and designs. Still there are traditional carpenters who are engaged in wood carving. They create those age old master pieces. But the problem is that you will not be able to see them everywhere.
For that you have now got a chance to see how those alluring creations are begot. It’s just few miles away from one of the tourists’ hotspot- Galle. Sometimes you have already visited the mask making factories at Ambalangada, Yes, you can get to this factory also within few minutes from Ambalangoda also.
Sri Lanka Wood Carving Centre is totally different from what you have seen up to now. Because, there are traditional craftsmen who use the traditional methods and traditional simple tools to materialize those age old designs. To make them more attractive and the wonder is that they don’t use even sand papers to smoothen them; instead they use their chisels to smooth them. You can see how those lifeless, shapeless pieces of woods become adorning elephants, wall hangings of wood, stilt fishermen, animal and human figures.
These creations have decorated many of the Hotels and Villas in the area for a long time. They are created according to the taste and satisfaction of the buyer. So if you have a design on your head to suit your Company, Hotel , Home or any other place you can get it created by them. You can order any design any amount and according to your wish, and you can observe how your order is being processed and you’ll fell it’s done!
Or if you have any shape of wood and you want to turn it into some kind of furniture or any design or any decoration that suits to your place , they are very clever at this free art tradition even- “Ruk kala” and you can get it done and what is more…….. it’s their talent..!! So, visit it, see the difference, and get it done for a reasonable price.