Friday, November 25, 2005

Meet the Artisans

Wasantha Chandrasekara who is 45 years old grew up with wood carvings in the background. He provides for his wife Lalani and 12 year old daughter Madushika through earnings from this craft. Before the tsunami, he had a sales outlet cum workshop, from which he earned a monthly income of Rs. 25,000 (USD 250). He took a bank loan of Rs.300,000 to expand his business. The loan was to be paid back within 5 years. With his shop destroyed by the tsunami and hardley any tourists coming to the area, his present monthly income has dropped to Rs. 5,000. Wasantha hopes that he will be able to sell his products at the Fair and business will pick up afterwards.

Some of his products are:

Wasantha's makeshift "Wood Carving Workshop" is located at:
Yaddehimulla Road,

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

What's on sale

Some of the items on sale at the fair on December 10-11 in the historic city of Galle:
The producers who make them:

Thursday, October 06, 2005

About the Craft Fair

Await the most anticipated Crafts Fair featuring traditional hand crafted products of Sri Lankan artisans ..........

This Fair is the second step towards restoring lost livelihoods of craft producers affected by the December 26th tsunami that battered the coastal belt of Sri Lanka. Ten months after the devastation, many have picked up the pieces, and are trying to deal with the agony in ways they know how. They want to begin their lives, and want to have normalcy back again. Even though they have started their production, they relied on tourists who visited them for sales. The arrival of tourists has not picked up yet, hence, the craft producers are facing another frustration now. The Fair is organized with the objective of providing a window of opportunity for these craft producers whose livelihoods were adversely affected by tsunami by creating a ready market for their products.

The first step in restoring the livelihoods was providing lost and damaged tools of trade and initial stocks of raw material to the craft producers. Thereafter, they participated in workshops on world market trends and customer preferences. Although these artisans are trained by their forefathers, they were trained on product design and product development to bring out the dormant talents and creativity to further enhance their array of creations.