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.
Highlights of the Trip
Learn to carve a traditional mask
Taking the mask back home
Meet and interact with the artist in his workshop, learning about his life and his trade
- Demonstration of mask making
- Keep your finished mask