The Sri Lanka Travel Specialists
Masks have long been an important part of Sri Lankan culture and this hands-on craft session allows you to closely engage with the long-held tradition of mask-carving in Sri Lanka. Today, traditional masks are used mostly in dramas and dance performances, but in rural areas they are still believed to have healing and protective powers. After an introduction to Sri Lankan masks – the various types and their different uses – you can have a go at carving a Kolam mask yourself. Your host will help you draw outlines of typical designs and demonstrate the carving techniques for each section, and assist when needed. The experience is held at Sithuvili, a boutique arts and crafts in Galle Fort which is owned by your host, a craftsman who has been a supplier for Barefoot in Colombo for nearly 20 years. Woodcarving requires tools which are sharp and need careful handling. This experience therefore is limited for children aged 13 years and above. If however, parents insist on younger children trying their hand at carving, then this age limit will be brought down to 8 years, provided they are assisted by an adult.
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