Crafting Markets

Ishara S. Kodikara | AFP | Getty Images Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, center, speaks to supporters at the prime minister's official residence in Colombo on December 16, 2018, after he was reappointed as prime minister by Sri Lanka's president, the same man who fired him from the job nearly two months ago.

Devendra is putting final touches on a Sesatha, traditionally used as a symbol of power but in modern times a decorative item in homes.
Although its usage has changed overtime the process of making one has remained the same over the centuries.rn

rnDevendra uses traditional methods passed down through the generations to hand paint a Sesatha. rn

rnThe intricacy of the designs and the traditional methods used means the job is time consuming with a Sesatha like the one he is painting now taking up to four days to finish.rn

rnBut its not easy to sell traditional handcrafts like these at the same rate they are made.rn

rnSince he moved into the Sigiriya handicraft village, sales have picked-up.rn

rnTwenty craftsmen like Devendra make dozens of leather, brass, cloth and wooden items as the Sigiriya handicraft village.rn

rnThe National Craft Council and Design Center that initiated the project say one aim was to provide a stable income to skilled craftsmen through better infrastructure and market ac