Sri Lanka’s Artistic Traditions

Sri Lanka’s Artistic Traditions

Like all countries, Sri Lanka has had a rich history throughout its years of colonialism. The Dutch, the British and visitors from other countries, such as India and Indonesia have inspired local talent enormously, to create pieces of their own with an artistic flair unique to Sri Lanka alone. Whilst you are looking to visit a country so rich in its topography as well as its culture, it is worthwhile to do your research before you book your holiday villa in Sri Lanka to fully appreciate the country and everything it has to offer. 

Enigmatic Masks of Sri Lanka

The masks of Sri Lanka are used typically in traditional dances, dramas and religious rituals throughout the country. It is believed to influence a relief to problems related to the psyche of a person. These masks are usually carved out of a family of light wood called Kaduru which is inaccessible to unauthorised individuals. 

Traditional Paintings of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has always been an expressive country, and this can be seen through the context of the paintings found all over the country. These paintings are visible through many religious sites, especially in Buddhist monasteries and shrines. One of the many places you could absorb the intricacies of the painting is in Sigiriya. 

Sculptures and Handcrafts

Sri Lanka, being heavily inspired by their Indian neighbours, have adopted the art of pottery and other sculpting practices. Sculptures of Buddha can be seen all over the country in various sizes and poses, but still, emanating the unchanged significance to the Sri Lankan people. In addition to sculpting, artists of tradition have also practiced handcrafts of various forms. 

This brief of traditional art practices in Sri Lanka should help you steer your way through the boutiques and souvenir stalls looking for original and inspiring pieces to support local talent and their endeavours. 

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