Sithuvili Gallery

Sithuvili Gallery

Sithuvili means ‘thoughts’. And in an old Dutch house on Leyn Baan Street, these thoughts are turned into sublime expressions of art. Almost inconspicuous from the outside, except for its rustic sign board, this art gallery opens into a maze of rooms, each as spell-binding as the next.

This fascinating art gallery was started in 2004 by Janaka DeSilva, an artist born and raised in the nearby town of Ambalangoda, legendary for its hand carved masks. Sithuvili began with the intention of showcasing creations inspired by traditional art and since then all items sold here have been created by local artists.

Stepping into Sithuvili is like stepping into a Sri Lankan version of Alice’s Wonderland. Every room is loaded with an eclectic variety of items such as antiques, traditional temple art, original paintings, handcrafted masks, hand painted plates, wooden puppets and a variety of other unique gift items. There are also life-size sculptures and art installations. Everything here is eco friendly and made using traditional and recycled material.

So if you’re at the Galle Fort, a visit to Sithuvili is definitely worth your while. And after a few minutes, if not hours, inside this unusual gallery your only regret would be not having enough space in your luggage to take more stuff home.

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