Tourists flock to Laksala for the best of Sri Lankan handiwork souvenirs, arts and crafts

Exotic holidays are not complete without colourful authentic souvenirs to keep those lifetime memories alive—and Laksala in Sri Lanka is more than happy to oblige!

The Laksala arts and crafts stores are must-visits for tourists seeking quality keepsakes ranging from our famed sapphires and other gemstones to traditional carved wooden masks and figurines.

The fact that Laksala is actually state-owned guarantees quality and fair prices, and the stores are being promoted around the world, says Minister of Industries and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen.

The Colombo Page website reports Laksala CEO Ali Ahlam Nawaz’s recent announcement that they are joining hands with seven internationally recognized “truly Sri Lankan Big Brands”.

A showcase for local and foreign customers

Says Nawaz: “This is to showcase them to local and foreign customers visiting its stores so that more of them are attracted to its showrooms through the image of the selected Sri Lankan big brands. This will also help to get tourists’ focus on the work of our suppliers and craftsmen.”

The showcased brands—Euro Asia (tea), Vijitha Yapa (books), MJF Teas, House of Cinnamon (Mohksha Limited), Eswaran Brothers Exports (tea), Maltras International (tea) and Link Natural Products (herbal)—will join Laksala’s 40,000 local arts and crafts product lines.

Branches at tourist hotspots throughout the island

Laksala operates through 13 branches throughout the island, offers the widest variety of all Sri Lankan products at a reasonable price, and enables its many suppliers to it to stay both profitable and in business.

Says its website: “Today you will find an eclectic blend of items ranging from selections of beautifully packaged tea and spices to, colourful batik ware to an elaborate collection of art and craft as well as the finest collection of traditional Sri Lankan Gems and Jewellery.

“Laksala is therefore your one stop guide and a visit to one of our stores feels like you visited ‘all of Sri Lanka’!” Click here for the store locator.

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