The coastal town of Ambalangoda has quite an intriguing attraction, which is the Ariyapala Masks Museum.
The Ariyapala mask museum and workship that is situated in Ambalangoda is open for more than 4 generations now, and so far, this place has been handled by only the members of the family who founded it long ago.
What Ariyalapa does
These master craftsmen create Sri Lankan traditional veils and masks, like the ones you might spot and marvel while watching a parade in Kandy or other parts of Sri Lanka. Even the Perehera and many other cultural dance performances use these masks as a part of their costumes or prop. If you are staying at one of the Ahungalla hotels the likes of Heritance Ahungalla, make a trip to the museum.
Using the quality Balsa wood, these masks are made in a different workshop away from the museum. They use this wood since it is softer and thus, easier to shape and carve as intended. After the wood goes through methods which involve cleaning, securing, carving and more, the masks are then painted using vibrant colours.
Things to remember
When you are touring the workshop, you may take pictures, but inside the museum, photographing is forbidden. You will be able to purchase any mask of your liking and take it back as a souvenir. The mask prices will depend on the complexity and the amount of time it took to create. The museum does not charge you an entry fee, but they do welcome any donation. You will find local guides who will be able to impart knowledge about mask making in English while you look around.
Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+