Traditionally dressed Sri Lankan bride and groom. #srilankainstyle #srilankamarriage#srilankatrip #srilankatourism
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❤️ and show some appreciation for the artisans of Sri Lanka 🙏🏻🇱🇰 The "Hanaporuwa", a hand-powered tool used by the experienced traditional gem cutters to facet and polish gemstones 💕 Photo at the Historical Mansion Museum by 🙏🇱🇰 . Follow @exploresrilanka for more travel destinations ❤️🇱🇰 #ExploreSriLanka #HistoricalMansionMuseum #Hanaporuwa #Galle #SriLanka . A traditional gem cutter uses an old traditional cutting machine. It's motor-less and has a stick / rope / shaft construction to turn the cutting wheel. This method of gem cutting requires many hours, co-ordination, precision and much patience. . The talent of a traditional gem cutter should not be overlooked or underestimated. They use this hand powered machine to create some of the best stones in the market. The coordination required to handle the machine with one hand while cutting the stone with one hand is astounding. The wealth of experience allows them to take a stone in the rough and create the best finished stone with the best face up color. . Sri Lanka’s gem industry has a very long and colorful history. Sri Lanka was affectionately known as Ratna-Dweepa which means Gem Island. The name is a reflection of its natural wealth. Marco Polo wrote that the island had the best sapphires, topazes, amethysts, and other gems in the world. Records from sailors that visited the island states that they brought back “jewels of Serendib”. Serendib was the ancient name given to the island by middle – eastern and Persian traders that crossed the Indian Ocean to trade gems from Sri Lanka to the East during the 4th and 5th century. Ratnapura contains the most gem deposits and derived its name from the gem industry. Ratnapura means “city of gems”. (Source : Wiki)
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At this time of the year the sleepy little East coast town of Arugam Bay starts to come alive as surfers and sun-seekers descend to make the most of the beautiful weather and world renowned surfing conditions. If the beach-life isn't for you then the local area also offers many cultural sights and wildlife reserves to explore and the town has a buzzing bohemian atmosphere that brings return visitors back year after year. 📷: @hannah.marion #srilanka #travel #wanderlust #travelgram #holiday #arugambay #beach #vacation #experience #luxurytravel #srilankainstyle
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