Kanchana, whose stall is installed adjacent to Susantha's, has a number of customers asking for the prices of batiks. Kanchana has received the President's award four times. He is one of the most experienced Sri Lankan craftsmen who have come over to Surajkund Mela for the fourth time while the rest of the craftsmen have come over for the first time.
Kanchana said, “I have brought a number of shirts, ladies tops etc. in the mela. Pure cotton material is used for this product and we use German and Swiss chemicals. These chemicals are expensive but durable. We do not use Chinese chemicals, though it is going to be cheap, but not durable.”
Their focus is primarily on the quality of products they are offering at their stalls. The starting price for these batiks is Rs 500.
Sri Lanka, a country located on the coastal areas, is well known for coconuts. Some craftsmen like Wijedasa Singakkara have a special talent. He makes faces from coconut shells. Most of the items on sale and display were monkeys carved out of those shells with the help of a knife, which did not cost much – Rs 500 primarily.
He said: “I learned this craft from my grandfather. This skill has been passed on from generations. I can make any faces – famous personality. I can even make your face.” What make these items so special are their intricate details, and they don’t use any machines. They are all handmade.
Singakkara expresses his love for India and expects a big sale. But they might fall short of the sales, as they are neither well versed in Hindi nor English, still, they are upbeat about the sale. But, it is their quality of products that talks loud.
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