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Mask Carving

£50 pp

Galle, Sri Lanka

1.5 hours


What You'll Do

Learn to carve a traditional Sri Lankan mask with the help of a celebrated mask carving artist from Ambalangoda.

Mask Carving is an old traditional activity in Sri Lanka.  We take you to the artist’s gallery in Galle Fort and you will work with 2 local mask carvers to learn and carve your own mask.

The artist will talk to you about the heritage of mask carving and painting which originated in Ambalangoda.

The wood used for mask carving is driftwood and fast-growing trees making called Baba, which is readily available making the whole process sustainable.

Take a seat and learn the art of carving a traditional Sri Lankan mask with the help of a celebrated mask carving artist from Ambalangoda, an area in the South known for traditional masks. Hosted at his gallery in Galle Fort, you will get an insight into the traditional methods of mask carving that has existed for decades.  This session generally lasts an hour to an hour and a half – but as it is so very therapeutic people often stay longer.

Sithuvili is particularly sensitive to two things: being eco-friendly and using traditional materials. The shop uses a lot of recycled paper and materials such as mahogany, kithul (treacle), kurundu (cinnamon) etc. He uses clay and waste material such as broken tiles and beeswax and cow dung.

You will end up with a carved mask to take home with you and a local experience to remember.

People who enjoyed our Mask Carving experience also enjoyed our Galle Fort Walk – Click Here to find out more.


Meet and interact with the artist in his workshop, learning about his life and his trade

Make your own traditional mask to take home

Your Local Host:


Shehan De Silva: Shehan, or ‘Sk’ as he is affectionately known, has steadily cultivated a habit of furthering sustainable practices through each of his professional and personal endeavours. Whether it is in his role consulting for the Biosfera foundation, which formulates sustainable design-based solutions for agriculture and construction, t Read More

  • 1.5 hours mask making demonstration with a local artist
  • All materials
  • Your finished product to keep