NCC to re-open wood-carving village
The Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises will
open the reconstructed traditional wood carving village in Horana on
Tuesday. It was revived by the National Craft Council (NCC).
NCC Chairman Buddhi Keerthisena said that four small villages,
Olaboduwa, Batuwita, Bandarawatte and Mawgama in the Kalutara district
have been integrated under this traditional wood-carving development
program. In the 2012 Budget, the government allocated Rs.1.9 million for
the program and the village mainly produced traditional wooden masks.
Over 40 traditional craftsmen get direct benefits while hundreds of
others get indirect benefits down the supply chain mainly through links
with the tourism industry. The NCC has upgraded industry infrastructure
of the village and has set up craft workshops, provided machinery and
equipment, supply channel for raw materials and transportation
facilities, under the reconstruction program.
The NCC's craft production development project focuses on quality
improvement of products and also provides promotional and marketing
Masks have been in use in Sri Lanka since antiquity for commercial
and other purposes. There are three mask carving traditions,
Ambalangoda, Matara and Rigama, passed down from generation to
generation. This reconstructed craft village represents Rigama tradition
which has a 130-year history. Today these wooden crafts have local and