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Where to go for handlooms and batiks?

Our guide to Colombo’s most preferred places to shop for batiks and handlooms

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Selyn

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.

 

Selyn

Selyn features a collection of handloom products from textiles, sarees, curtain fabrics, bed linen to soft toys and much more. The flagship store is situated at a quaint corner in Fife Road and could be easily located. It is Sri Lanka’s only fair-trade guaranteed company. They also sell a rage of interior décor items, and the prices are moderate. Selyn is recommended for good quality products and unique designs. What’s more, the service is friendly and their staff is always obliged to help you and even offer suggestions on what’s best, if you require their assistance while shopping at the store.

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Kandygs

Started in 1979, Kandygs is an established fabric producing and dyeing factory with multiple outlets in Sri Lanka. The store offers a range of handcrafted and handloom products including bags, curtains, bedspreads, sarongs, cushion covers, soft toys, table clothes and mats, wall hangings and fabrics. The store also has on display pottery and wooden handicrafts among other household and interior decorative items and stitched clothing. Kandygs store is a composition of various colours, patterns and shapes. The neatly set appliances among the pageant of hues, exude an artistic ambiance.

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Barefoot

Step into Barefoot and the words bohemian, hippie, new age and ethnic will pop into your mind. The majority of products on offer are all woven goods. Barefoot goods have a rare character to them, and can be instantly recognised. Bright, bold colours and quality hand looms make Barefoot a unique addition to Colombo’s shopping scene. As with many stores in the city, Barefoot’s interior and ambience is exquisite. with rich yellow spotlights, wooden fixtures and raw cement floorings giving barefoot a rugged yet elegant feel. 

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Lakmedura

Lakmedura is Sri Lanka’s renowned merchandiser of products that the island is most famous for. This emporium in the country’s capital has a full display of Sri Lankan artwork, batik garments and jewellery. The splendour of the local craftsmanship, which is explicit in all of the products sold there is impressive. Be it the famed Kandyan devil mask to intricate brass statues, all of them have an age long story to unfold. Lakmedura is also a trusted place to shop for genuine leather products and gemstones.

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Suriya

The Suriya concept is to use everything that is 100 percent local and part of the Sri Lankan heritage, and combine it with contemporary designs. The store showcases Sri Lanka’s rich tradition of design and craftsmanship.  Locally made furnishings also put a modern twist on antique-inspired, earthy pieces that mix raw and polished wood with glass for beautifully avant-garde results. The charming collection of home décor such as the comfy bright red sofas and distress painted furniture, add modern panache to any space. While the majority of items are locally sourced, the store features a few handpicked items from the owner’s travels, such as the stunning black and white geometrical crystal-base lampshades. Innovative design and perfection is Suriya’s trademark, and this boutique has truly garnered an exciting assortment of tasteful home products under one roof.

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Laksala

This multi-storied boutique in a residential part of the commercial city, houses a wide spectrum of Sri Lankan products. Each floor is dedicated to a particular category, displaying everything from handmade jewellery, ornaments, Ceylon tea, handicrafts to locally designed and stitched clothes.

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Country Life

Offers a selection of household and gift items that would enliven your living spaces. What is unique about this store is that it is designed in a manner in which all merchandise are strategically placed to offer a good insight to the customer on everything they have to offer. You can choose your pick from the range of wooden furniture, cement ware, wooden carvings and temple art paintings. This is also the place to go, if you are looking for handloom furnishings and accessories.

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Kreation

This is the place to go if you are looking for any kind of handloom, cotton and silk mixed clothing. Available in traditional and contemporary designs, the store offers premium quality fabrics and garments for men, women and kids. Select your pick from a range of sarees, kurtha tops, skirts, shirts and sarongs while accessories such as costume jewellery made using handloom fabrics and a collection of handbags are also featured. You can also get designs customised according what you prefer or request them to design outfits as well.

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Zden - Gracious Living

Zden is a store with all-things-nice. They have a choice of miscellaneous items ranging from glass ware, porcelain ware, vibrantly painted cushions, cutlery, bed linen, baby care products to other house-hold requirements. The store that is equally famed for their extensive collection of handlooms. Zden also offers personalised porcelain and glassware. If you want to give  a personal touch to your kitchen, purchase personalised kitchen tiles – a new fad promoted by this store. Zden is a trusted name since it  has been in the business for over a 100 years.

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