Brassware adds brilliance to any establishment. In Sri Lanka traditional brassware is passed down generations, especially brass lamps. Every Sri Lankan occasion is inaugurated with the lighting of a traditional brass lamp as there is a popular belief that lighting an oil lamp brings good luck.
Laksala Brassware adds a shine to any home
Laksala has a range of beautiful brassware with an exquisite traditional motifs and a unique Sri Lankan identity. Among the items available at Laksala Showrooms are oil lamps, vases, trays, jewellery boxes, candle holders bowls, betel holder, letter openers and bottle openers.
Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc and it is very malleable and by varying the proportion of the two ingredients brass of different colors can be produced. Yellow color brass is the most popular color in Sri Lanka.
Although, brass industry was brought to Sri Lanka, the country has a long history of metal work. According to archaeological findings, there is evidence of smelting furnaces dating to earliest times. Archaeological findings have also shown that there were steel and copper surgical instruments in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. In fact, Sri Lanka has exported steel to Damascus. The brass industry had been initially carried out in in the Hambantota District in the 17th Century during Dutch occupation of the island. There was a good demand for brassware during the period of the Dutch as they wanted brass items for their horse-drawn carriages.
According to chronicles, brass industry was brought to Sri Lanka from India along with other crafts that were brought to Sri Lanka.
The artisans of Angulmaduwa were famous for producing high quality, exquisite brassware and they sold their items near the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic during the Esala Perahera in July/August. Their products were very popular during the perahera season and the Chief Priest of the Asgiriya Temple in Kandy invited the artisan to settle down in Kiriwaula, a small village in near Kandy and to practice his trade there. According to legends, when the brother did not return home after the festival his brother went in search of him and he too settled down. Thus, the brass industry commenced in the village of Kiriwaula and became a centre of brass crafting. The silversmiths and bronze artisans in the area stated to work with brass. They create exquisite traditional brassware with Kandyan motifs which has a unique cultural identity.