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Batik and handloom weaving are two of Sri Lanka’s most important and traditional industries when it comes to the textile sector. More importantly, they represent an integral part of the country’s rich culture and have given a vivacious and vibrant identity to the Island. Batiks and handlooms are unmistakably striking and unique in their designs of bright hues. Often adorned with large prints of animals, flowers, Kandyan dancers and peraheras; Batik making is famous in the towns of Hikkaduwa, Galle, North of Negombo upto Mahawewa. Handlooms too are a regional industry that is popular in Thalagune, Kalutara, Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Kurunegala, Batticaloa, Kalmunai and Hambantota.
So here are a few places in Colombo for good quality batiks and handloom items as recommended by Time Out Sri Lanka. Their prices are moderate, but all of these places offer a range of collections to choose from.