Sri Lankan art and culture has been known for its unique features, especially seen in the form of handicrafts, batik clothing, wooden masks and even jewellery. However, the art of producing such unique pieces have slowly been fading away due to many of the artisans passing away, along with their skills. Lakpahana is one such establishment that serves as a souvenir boutique and craft producer in Sri Lanka with the aim of producing the perfect traditional gifts and souvenirs to the traveller and preserve the diminishing traditional art of an island. Lakpahana plays a key role in maintaining ancient tradition, while showcasing the best of Sri Lankan handicrafts and souvenirs.

Best Known For

  • It is without a doubt that Lakpahana is famed for being one of the more exquisite souvenir boutique shops that produce and showcase unique handcrafted souvenirs from wood, metal, rush and reed and even leather.
  • A favourite for many patrons have been the elaborately painted wood carved elephant that comes in many sizes.
  • Some of the other sought after products that have gained critical acclaim by many customers have been the ceramics, batik clothing, handloom products, home ware accessories and jewellery.
  • Moreover, the boutique shop has become known for its relatively reasonable price tags that have been carefully calculated, so as to maintain the traditional art of manufacturing these fine pieces of art.

Interesting Facts

  • Lakpahana is one of the oldest marketing arms of the Sri Lanka Craftsmen and Artisans Association with over 40 years of experience in the field.
  • The souvenir boutique shop’s high standards in the production of fine traditional Sri Lankan crafts have also been recognized by the World Crafts Council and bears the UNESCO Seal of Excellence in all their products.
  • Being the largest craft producer in Sri Lanka and possessing experience in the industry for over 40 years, the brand has diversified into silver jewellery, metal work in silver, brass and copper, wood carvings, batiks, masks, lacquer ware, pottery, hand woven rush and reed products, hand embroidered linen, coconut products and many more, amounting to over 15,000 unique products.
  • Lakpahana also serves to be the perfect place to get the essentials for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year (Aluth Avurudhu), boasting of traditionally prepared sweets like Kavum, Kokis, Bibikkan and Weli Thalapa to name but a few.

Times, Seasons and Tips

  • Lakpahana is open daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm, however, the timings may change on full moon days (Poya Days).
  • Credit and debit cards are accepted here to make transactions all the more easier.
  • It is important to note that there are quite a number of very elaborate and unique souvenirs for sale like the wooden masks and also jewellery, therefore resulting in quite hefty price tags. Although quite exorbitant in price, it is money well spent due to the exquisite workmanship displayed on the product.

A simple visit to the souvenir store, housing a number of treasures will make anyone realize the immense service it does to preserve the dying art of traditional handicraft manufacturing. Purchasing even a small trinket like the little painted elephants not only acts as a great mementos of the country, but also goes a long way in maintaining ancient traditions for generations to come.

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