Beeralu lace-making is believed to have been introduced to Sri Lanka hundreds of years ago when the country was under Portuguese rule. Women in every household in the village of Magalle are said to have learned and practised the art to adorn their own clothes, with it later spreading to other areas such as Weligama and Mirissa in the Southern coast. These days the women who make beeralu have created a widespread cottage industry.
Tour Blue offers a new 2.5 hour experience, run by local women practised in the fine hand art of creating beautiful beeralu. Longer classes are available for experienced seamstresses and tailors.
Prior to starting work, the particular design is drawn on graph paper. It is then attached to the Kotta Boley (cushy ball) with pins inserted on the entire design. The weaver then takes the thread around the pin manually, using Beeralu (wooden bobbins) to form various knots to create the design outlined on the graph paper.
Guests can join for the production process and take their own handiwork home as a souvenir of this unique experience. The tour is also suitable – and fun – for children.
For more information contact Mark at Exposure Downunder at [email protected]