Travellanka October 2017

105 Shopping | U nmistakablystampedwithSriLanka’s rich and varied cultural heritage, the local handicrafts would bring colour and character to any surroundings. The handicraft shops have an overwhelming rangeof itemsproducedby localcraftsmen– 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. Batik Batik is a beautiful way 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. Gems and Jewellery 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,catseyes,amethyst,topaz, aquamarines, garnets, moonstones, zircons and other precious stones are available throughoutthe island.Shopssellingexquisite goldandsilver jewellerydelicateandmodern with traditional flavour and also studded with precious and semi precious stones as well as pearls. Gem & jewellery trade. The SLGJE houses 38 shops, offers a free gem testing facility to foreigners. Sri Lanka Gem & Jewellery Exchange, Level 4&5, East Lower Block, world Trade Centre. Ceylon Tea Some consider Ceylon 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 specialise in the various local teas and flavoured teas which are very attractively packaged in woven or wooden packs, or even small gold plated tea pots for presentation. Ceramic and Porcelaineware Sri Lanka is fast becoming the centre for the most exquisite ceramic and porcelaineware. There are several speciality shops in Colombo which undertake packing and overseas delivery. Shops There are many exclusive shops catering to the tastes of the fastidiousshopper/Shopswhichspecialise inpurecottonclothing, hand made shoes and bags designer wear shoes and bags, handloom items such as linen table ware, rugs and wall hangings in vibrant colours and contemporary design. Please refer to the list of shops in the following pages. Shopping Malls A visit to the large modern shopping malls at Majestic City, Crescent Boulevard and Liberty Plaza is a must. In addition there are shops owned and managed by talented local dress designers in Colombo. The shopping area in Colombo stretches southwards along Galle Road and Mel Mawatha (Duplication Road) down through Kollupitiya, Bambalapitiya, Wellawatte, Havelock Town, Reid Avenue and even up to Dehiwela and Mt.Lavinia. Shopping is very rewarding from excellent tea and ceramicware to exquisite gems, indigenous handicrafts, handlooms, silks and designer labels in clothes, leatherware, perfumes and cosmetics. Shopping ADVERTISE WITH TRAVEL LANKA AND TAKE YOUR BRAND ACROSS THE GLOBE 24 YEARS