Beeralu lace is a southern feature, especially in Galle. It was introduced by wives of the Portuguese officers in Sri Lanka to the women of the South as a hobby. Beeralu is also known as ‘pillow lace’ as it is made by twisting thread around pins fastened on to a hard round ‘pillow’ set into a wooden structure. Popular Beeralu lace designs include flower bands, five fingers, the mango, elephant foot, fan, pod of paddy and leaf designs. Each are woven separately or are merged to form a length of lace. The lace is a statement peice even in contemporary outfits today, both in Sri Lanka and overseas.