Art & Craft
The story of Sri Lanka’s arts and crafts comes from within one of the oldest civilizations in the world. It dates back to thousands of years and is firmly rooted in authentic culture. Its colours, sounds, rhythm, and shapes run through the course of history. From the art of puppetry to drum-making, the island’s artistic flair never fails to amaze those who encounter it. Sri Lankan art history that emerged with the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka is the most dominant.
The ancient kingdoms of the nation provide stunning evidence of skilled artistry from bygone eras, ranging from cave paintings to rock sculptures. The Sigiriya frescoes, Dambulla cave paintings and sculptures, and Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa stone carvings have earned a worldwide reputation. Kandyan dancers, folklore masks, handloom fabric, Beeralu lace crafting, and lacquer work are all distinctive to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka also hosts one of the most well-known literary festivals, the Galle Literary Festival.