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Brassware from Sri Lanka

The ancient 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.

Countless factories and shops operate in most regions of Sri Lanka, participating in the production and distribution of copper products both among locals and tourists. Colombo, Galle and other major cities have several retail shops, where they demonstrate the remarkable craftsmanship of Sri Lanka's skilled manufacturers. These small manufactories and plants increase the tourist appeal in the part of Sri Lanka's souvenirs, because foreigners show a great interest in experiencing this traditional art by purchasing products for home use.

In Sri Lanka, almost every family has brass products. Traditional oil lamps are popular in numerous households and workplaces. Products from the alloy of copper and zinc are used for festive events and festivals, such as the Sri Lankan New Year Aluth Avuruddhu or inauguration ceremony.

It is historically believed that copper products in Sri Lanka took their final present form during the Dutch occupation of the country, having no longer focussed development centers, but manufactory scales. However, even the ancient civilizations and peoples of Sri Lanka, as well as other populations of South Asia, produced articles of copper and similar products from time immemorial. According to legend, it is believed that King Dutugamunu developed a school of the copper industry for the production of weapons to use it against King Elara.

Copper products are produced in a variety of different cities, villages and communities throughout the island of Sri Lanka. From the central Hill Country of the island to the Southwest regions, many people, often families and communities, participate in the production of amazing and tempting products from brass. The art and craft of making copper products are passed down from generation to generation, and some communities have operating small copper manufactures for centuries. In areas such as Galle, Hambantota and Kandy, hundreds of people skillfully craft their artwork from copper and related elements.

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Copper and brass products in Sri Lanka are produced by using two methods — forging and casting. These two methods are most commonly used in Sri Lanka, and a huge array of copper products is produced in precisely such ways. Traditional and modern methods of engraving on products made of copper increase the attractiveness and cost of products.

We stress once again that every family in Sri Lanka owns several copper products. Most of these household items are traditional products made of copper, and some luxury items are passed from generation to generation as relics. Some elements, such as traditional oil lamps, as mentioned earlier, are considered mandatory items for traditional Sri Lankan houses. In addition, it is believed that products made of copper bring good luck and are very favorable for households. These beliefs led to the growth and development of the copper industry for centuries, and this tradition has not been lost to this day.

The manufacture of copper and brass products since ancient times was a traditional craft in some parts of central Sri Lanka. A countless number of villages along the road Kandy-Colombo, for example, Pilimathalawa, Embeelmigama and Gadaladeniya are proud of the processing of copper / brass products of the highest class. There are other villages scattered all over the country, where the craftsmen of this craft community work.
Most designs on copper and copper surfaces are not planned in advance, but are made spontaneously with clever fingers. Bowls, tea sets, trays, decorative products, as well as decorative products are manufactured by forging techniques.

Traditional oil lamps, elephants, ashtrays and vases are used for decorative purposes, because they add notes of glamor, significance and wealth to any interior. And Buddhists and Hindus use statues of Buddha and various gods of bronze for worship.

Brass oil lamps are used in favorable moments and solemn occasions. Large lamps can be up to 2 meters high, usually with a rooster, a peacock or a swan on top that adorns the product. Such tall lamps can be placed in a Sri Lankan house in the number of six or seven pieces. Regardless of the number of products, they are so gorgeous that almost no tourist is left indifferent. And even a small product necessarily falls into every house of those who visited the island of fine masters in Sri Lanka.

Lankarus offers direct deliveries from manufacturers the most diverse products made of brass:
• Vases
• Trays
• Stands
• Jugs
• Kettles
• Ashtrays
• Lamps
• Figurines
• Large statues
• Other items

With terms of deliveries to your country of small, medium (Sri Lanka Post) and large quantities of bronze / brass products (Cargo) you can find out by sending request to Lankarus per e-mail address:

info@lankarus.com

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