We have expanded our scope to include documentation on craft traditions in the larger South Asian region, a decision influenced by the constant realization that cultural heritage and tradition in South Asia transcend contemporary political boundaries. We hope to create a context that encompasses the larger geographic and cultural region of which we are a part. This has been undertaken in collaboration with UNESCO, which has provided funding and support.

The countries included under the grouping 'South Asia' are Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka contain a multi-layered collage of traditions and cultures. The Craft Revival Trust documentation concentrates on a particular aspect of this tradition, that is, the crafts and textiles within each entity. We have attempted as exhaustive a survey as was possible for us; however the information is far from 'complete' or 'comprehensive'.

We hope to continuously add to the documentation, thus increasing the information base, and enhancing the depth and relevance of the site. Do email in your feedback.

The research for the documentation on Sri Lanka was done by Shanthi Balasubramanian of Craft Revival Trust, who travelled to Sri Lanka and also sourced a large range of secondary material. Several individuals and organisations extended valuable support to Shanthi during the course of her research. She would thus like to express her gratitude to the following persons, whose assistance was critical to the completion of her research in Sri Lanka:

  • The National Crafts Council of Sri Lanka, Colombo.

  • Mr Buddhi Keerthisena, the Chairman of the National Crafts Council, who offered all available assistance, including keeping the office premises open on a national holiday, the sacred Buddhist Poya day. He also offered me transport for the entire trip.

  • Ms Indrani Abeysinghe, Deputy Director of the National Crafts Council, especially for her help during my travels to craft villages.

  • Ms S. Wickramasinha, Chairperson of the Sri Lanka Handicrafts Board, for my visit to Laksala at Colombo, where I was able to collect a lot of information on craft products and also procure valuable product-photographs.

  • Mr. Rodrigo, Executive Director, Purchases, at Lakasla, who gave me a lot of information on the origin of the products and on craft-practitioners.

  • Ms Vinitha Senaviratna, Director in the Department of Textile Industry, who gave me a valuable insights into the handloom sector in the country and shared information on the weavers in Sri Lanka.

  • Ms Chitra Dissanayake, Manager of the Kandyan Art Association, who offered fascinating insights into the history and origin of handicrafts in Sri Lanka.

  • Mr Saman Amarasinghe, Chairman of the National NGO Council, who shared information about the voluntary agency sector of the country.

  • Dr K. D. G. Wimalaratne, Director of the Department of National Archives (Colombo) for allowing me access to the archives.

  • Ms Jacintha Seneviratne, Head of Reader Services in the National Library of Sri Lanka (Colombo) for allowing me access to the library.

  • Shri Gopalakrishna Gandhi, the Indian High Commissioner at Sri Lanka, who gave me valuable advice and guidance.

  • Ms Reenat Sandhu, First Secretary, Information and Culture at the High Commissioner's office.

  • Ms Kala Peiris, Siyath Foundation (Colombo), for taking care of my safety and comfort and for being a source of support and encouragement.

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