The word batik in all languages of the world, including Sinhalese
and English came from Bahasa Indonesia. But this does not mean at all that batik is a kind of art for painting on cloth, borrowed by artisans of Sri Lanka. Who was the founder, in which part of Asia for the first time this delightful art was born, it is now impossible to establish for sure. Although, in addition to Sri Lanka and India, the production of batik is widespread in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and African Nigeria, most likely it is the Sri Lankan batik that is the oldest. According to the chronicles, in Sri Lanka, the batik existed, like hand-written, elegant clothes for royalty, back in the 6th century AD, and the first evidence of the existence of a batik school in Indonesia dates back only to the 13th century.
and colonial historical epochs
of Sri Lanka endowed the country with a large number of skills in metal processing. The brass industry of Sri Lanka is one such vivid example. For centuries, Sri Lanka has developed the traditional art of brass processing, creating whole schools and directions of excellent brass products, which are loved not only by the inhabitants of the country, but also by the majority of tourists coming to Sri Lanka as excellent souvenirs and home furnishings. The product range includes traditional brass oil lamps, elephant statues, bells, miniature decorations, candlesticks, vases and outdoor vases, statues of the gods and very many other items.
Coconut — the most associated with Sri Lanka fruit, more precisely — a nut. Several kinds of coconut palms grow on the island. Used a miracle-nut since ancient times in Sri Lanka, perhaps always. By the way, coconuts have a considerable sacred value. They are broken during the wedding ceremony. It is believed that if it is divided into two equal halves, the joint life of the spouses will be long and happy. In the Hindu temples of the country Tamil coconut is broken as an offering and a gift to the gods.
In Sri Lanka, thousands of ways to apply coconut. The use is completely wasteless. The farm uses shells, coir, pulp and coconut juice. In a word, a nut is food, drink, butter, a food additive and material for the manufacture of hand-made articles, things for the farm. Total, perhaps, here is not listed.
Stone-breakers and stone carvers of Sri Lanka — one of the most outstanding masters of work with this hard and complex material in the world. The history of stone processing in Lanka is lost in the centuries. Across the country, it is impossible not to notice the oldest monuments of architecture, in which, one way or another, there is a stone. Cave statues and statues, pillars of ancient palaces, houses and structures. It is not just hewn stones, but works of art with exquisite and intricate designs. Such is the aesthetic nature and traditions of the stone-cutting school of Sri Lankan masters.
The legendary history
of the weaving industry of Sri Lanka has almost 3 thousand years. And today Sri Lanka is distinguished by the fact that the deep traditions of manual and machine production of unique fabrics are alive here. They reflect the richest heritage and cultural diversity in the technology of creating true masterpieces of weaving art. Weaving is one of the oldest industries in the world, and the history of weaving goes back to the early stage of the development of human civilization. According to some historical and archaeological evidence, weaving was known to man in the Paleolithic era.