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PostPosted: Sat Dec 11, 2010 2:54 am 
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Hi:

I hope to go to Sri Lanka in 2011. Does anyone know if there are any textiles to collect? I'll need to go through my books, but I don't recall seeing any.

Any advice, including places to go, would be appreciated.

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Hi Anna

Not sure I can be of much help. I visited Sri Lanka for work in, I think, the second half of the 1990s. I only saw Colombo (a tiny bit!)

I brought back a couple of very small, embroidered items which looked very similar to (tourist) textiles which might have come from India. Saris were being worn.

There are a couple of articles about lace making in Sri Lanka in the Newsletters of the Oxford Asian Textile Group which you can download in Pdf format http://www.oatg.org.uk/magazines/N30.html and http://www.oatg.org.uk/magazines/N35.html

In N30, in an artlcle by Norrie Peel and reprinted from the (now defunct) Textile Society of Hong Kong, she says (based on a visit in 2003):
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Lace work was introduced into Sri Lanka by the Portuguese in the mid-16th century and was further developed by the Dutch in the mid-17th century. The craft thrived mainly in the southern areas due to the proximity of the Dutch Galle Fort, which has now became a World Heritage site. Lace work exists to-day as an undeveloped cottage industry (statistics suggest about 300 families practising the craft) and lace makers can be found mainly in the southern districts such as Galle, Weligama, Dikwella, Matara and Hambantota, and in the central part of the country near Nuwara Eliya. Training centres have opened up in some of the major locations, such as Galle."

N35 is a follow-up written in 2006 by Emily Castelli Burns on the recovery of the lace industry after the Tsunami in Dec 2004. Ignore the reference to p9 with the cover photo but go to p17.

I have looked in a couple of my Indian textile books and there are only passing references to Ceylon/Sri Lanka and then mainly as a centre of trade. I think that the Tamils from Sri Lanka were certainly active traders down to S E Asia but mainly goods from mainland India including textiles from Gujarat.

I have found one reference to batik in Ceylon but only as a country name in a list of countries where the technique is/has been practised. This led me to an on-line article http://www.ft.lk/2010/12/03/traditional ... big-boost/ Wikipedia has something about traditional clothing http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_t ... _sri_lanka

Do keep us in touch with your research for the trip and, most important, textile finds when you are there. A 'Textile travel notes' article for the main website would be very helpful (she says, cheekily!)

I will keep my eyes open for any info and post anything here.

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Hi Pamela:

Thanks so much for the information. I will happily read what you've sent.

The little bit of poking around that I've done shows batiks and saris.

The trip won't be for months, but I will try to remember to post a trip report if I find anything of interest.

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