Crafting Clay With Love The Traditional Pottery People Of Kumbalgama

By  Nilu Rajapakse
Photos by Nirmala Dhananjaya

Gala Hitiyage Nalini hails from a family that has been crafting earthenware pottery for generations. In her late sixties, today Nalini spearheads the production of pots at her family home which she inherited from her father. Her husband and two of her children assist her in various ways at their home-town Kumbalgama, in Weligama.
Pottery is one of the oldest skills of mankind. Here in Sri Lanka traces of ancient pottery date back to pre-Vijaya times. In this backdrop, inhabitants of this island have been crafting pottery right from the beginning of civilization. This is Nalini’s story.
Kumbalgama (disambiguation: kumbal – pottery, gama – village) is a small village in the heart of the South in Weligama. It is situated just before Mirissa approximately 155 km from the Colombo Fort. Taking the Southern Expressway it takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes to get there. The Lanka Woman team set out on our quest to explore the well known pottery village, and reached Kumbalgama at round 10 a.m.

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