Serendipity is still the essence of sri lanka, especially when it comes to shopping

Colombo has several large handicraft shops that will fill your senses with Vibrancy and colour and lots of tiny shops in fort that will capture your
Imagination with antique jewellery, intricate wood carvings and other curios.

The handicraft shops have an over whelming range of works produced by Local craftsmen-silver and brass filigree work and ornaments decorated with Motifs dating back to the kandyan period, enchanting wooden ornaments And wood carvings of ageless elegance, masks, drums and lacquer-work Of jewel-like brilliance. you’ll be tempted by the gossamer-like Venetian or Pillow-lace(part of sri lanka’s Dutch heritage), husk and quill work, imaginative baskets, wallhangings, mats and ornaments in rush, reed, coir and caneware, fascinating puppets and traditional terracotta pottery.

Unmistakably stamped with sri lanka’s rich and varied cultural heritage, to local handicrafts would bring colour and character to any surroundings.

Local handlooms, fine cottons and silks in peacock – bright colours and bold designs are perfect for interior decoration as well as distinctive clothing.

Batik is a beautiful why to say sri lanka, and batik shirts, skirts, dresses, sarees, kurtas, lungis, sarongs, tablecloths, wallhangings and other fabric items are available in most hotel shopping arcades and shopping areas.

Sri lanka is famous for its high quality gems-from roman times, through the colonial era to the present. the gem trade is widespread and blue, yellow or star sapphires, rubies, cats eyes, amethyst, topaz, aquamarines, garnets, moonstones, zircons and other precious stones are
Available throughout the island.

 Shops selling exquisite silver jewellery delicate and modern with traditional flavor and jawellery made of semi precious stones and pearls is a rage in sri lanka now.

Some consider sri Lankan tea the best in the world.sri Lankan tea has some fine blends and many Grades,b.o.p.(broken orange pekoe)being the best. some shops specialize in the various local teas, Which are very attractively packaged in woven or wooden packs or even small gold plated tea pots.

There are many exclusive shops catering to the tastes of the fastidious shopper. Shops which specialize in pure cotton clothing, hand made shoes and bags designer – wear shoes and bags, handloom iteam such as linen table ware, rugs and wall hangings in vibrant colours and contemporary design. a visit to the large modern shopping malls at majestic City Crescent boulevard and liberty plaza a addition there shops owned and managed by talented local dress designers in colombo.

(useful, beautiful, uniqye, exotic-it’s all there so let yourself be captured by serendipity happy hunting!)