With a population of approximately 21.5 million and a land area of 64, 740 sq km, Sri Lanka is the 53rd most populated nation in the world. Population density is greatest in western Sri Lanka, especially around the capital, Colombo. The population is made up of Sinhalese (74%) with other ethnic groups such as Sri Lankan Tamils (12.5%), Indian Tamils 5.5%, and Moors, Malays, Burghers and others (7.9). With this multi ethnic population it is natural the religion would be multi as well. Buddhism constitutes the major religion (70%). Hinduism (7%), Christianity (6%), and Zoroastrianism make up the balance.
Sri Lanka has a Human Development Index of 0.659 and ranks 91 on the world’s list of countries. The country’s hdi has been steadily improving in the last 10 years.
Traditional crafts are not produced as much as in the past. Economic growth and the competition with developed countries has resulted in westernisation and a weakening of cultural identity. The thriving tourist industry is having some impact on maintaining traditional handicraft production. Artisans have a history of using locally available raw materials such as wood, reed, bamboo, coconut fibre, brass, and handloomed fabric for production of handicrafts. Sri Lankan artisans are renowned for their carving, batiks, lace and pottery.
The following are our eco ethical enterprise partners in Sri Lanka. Please click on the name to view more information about the enterprise and the products that they produce.
An innovative technique for making paper products from elephant poo has led to financial support to preserve the elephants of Sri Lanka.
There are products from Sri Lanka in the following categories.
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