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Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Galle

Shoba Display Gallery

Beautiful lacework made right here. The shop teaches local women dyeing crafts and ensures them a fair price for their work. Even if you’re not buying, pop in to witness the process of making lace, or sign up to a l…
Top Choice Art in Galle

Stick No Bills

Super-stylish reproduction posters (Rs 3000) and postcards (Rs 350) covering Sri Lanka through the decades. Many of the beautiful vintage airline images for Ceylon sell a tropical paradise of fantasy. The classic fi…
Arts & Crafts in Matale

Baba Batik

This batik factory and showroom is a great place to see the batik-making process, from the drawing of the designs and multistage dyeing of cloth to the boiling away of the wax. The tasteful and excellent quality bat…
Arts & Crafts in Galle

Barefoot

Chic boutique selling colourful local clothing, jewellery, linen and rugs, crafts and gifts. The book section has an excellent selection of Sri Lanka–related titles.
Arts & Crafts in Colombo

Laksala

Part of a large government-run chain of arts-and-crafts shops popular with groups, Laksala offers cheap carved elephants, well-crafted handicrafts and handmade jewelry and clothing. There's another outlet in the Nat…
Arts & Crafts in Colombo

Lakpahana

The place for mass-produced carved elephants in bulk so you can show everyone back home you care. Traditional souvenirs are sold in profusion and this vast store is a cathedral of unintentional kitsch.
Arts & Crafts in Kandy

Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre

Worth browsing for good-quality local lacquerware, brassware and other craft items. There are some craftspeople working on the spot. Prices are slightly inflated.
Art in Kandy

Rangala House Gallery

The works of local and Colombo-based artists are displayed and sold here. It also sells a range of organic jams made in the hills surrounding Kandy.
Arts & Crafts in Jaffna

Art Gallery

Jaffna's first art gallery is in a striking white structure and showcases work by contemporary Sri Lankan artists.
Art in Colombo

Modigliani Gallery

Interesting gallery with artists that are a couple of stages beyond those selling their works streetside.