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History of Laksala

Sri Lanka Handicrafts Board was established on the 17th of January 1983, under the National Crafts Council & allied Institutions Act No. 35 of 1982. The Sri Lankan Handicrafts Board is better known as “LAKSALA” is a state corporation under the Ministry of Rural Industries and Self Employment Promotion is set up to preserve and develop traditional skill of the craftsmen. The Board is dealing with nearly 3500 leading master craftsmen/entrepreneurs who are producing handicraft item at Rural/Cottage industry level. “LAKSALA” is the only state owned handicraft marketing organization in Sri Lanka deals with provision of training to craftsmen and marketing and export promotion of handicrafts. The board handles 140 Training centers, 23 sales outlets and 14 provincial purchasing points for the purpose of achieving its objectives.

Laksala has witnessed numerous changes with an ever-growing list of products on sale. Today Laksala operates through 12 branches located island wide and offer the widest variety of all Sri Lankan products at a reasonable price. Most importantly, Laksala enables the numerous industries that supply goods to it to stay both profitable and in business. Today you will find an eclectic blend of items ranging from selections of beautifully packaged tea and spices to, colorful batik ware to an elaborate collection of art and craft as well as the finest collection of traditional Sri Lankan Gems and Jewellery. Laksala is therefore your one stop guide and a visit to one of our stores feels like you visited ‘All of Sri Lanka!’