Ambalangoda Mask Factory & Museum
Ambalangoda Mask Museum – Main Street, Ambalangoda ~
Sri Lanka’s traditional art and culture scene brims with uniqueness. Representing it in all authenticity for decades is Ambalangoda Mask Factory & Museum. Enter this haven of ancient culture and you’ll find intriguing masks staring at you.
Along with two entire collections belonging to the Sanni Yakuma ritual and Kolam Dance, primitive tools used to carve these marks are also displayed here. The museum has a small library and a mask workshop as well. The mask library is one of its kind in Sri Lanka. It has anthropological records of mask-making and the history of traditional performances that use masks.
Head to the workshop and watch the artisans work their magic on a piece of wood. The carvings and the traditional colours breathe life into them. Take a few masks as souvenirs or an unpainted one for you to unmask your creativity.