This craft developed due to the initiative shown by the Rural Development and Cottage Industries Department in training young people and providing them with employment opportunities. Many products were made with paper pulp using papier mache as moulds. Japanese specialists imparted training to the Sinhalese youth in doll-making at the cottage-craft level; doll-making is a developed family craft in Japan.
In the Japanese method, students were trained to acquire a high degree of competence in separate skills in batches: the finished product involved assembling heads, bodies, and limbs. Each individual received special training to acquire expertise in making different parts of the doll. Further training and expertise were provided by the Department of Small Industries and Laksala, the marketing wing of the department. Training was given using the presses and moulds originally given by the Japanese for face-moulding.
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