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Only 30 minutes drive from Matara or Tangalle

Open daily: 9.00am – 5.00pm all year round other than poya and new year holidays.


Dickwella Lace Centre,
No 18, Naotuna South,

Project Partner:   picture35


Our project works with the poorest women in Dickwella coastal villages to train and improve their lace making skills. Not only have we seen a revival in this traditional craft, the Dickwella Lace Centre also provides an authentic and fair trade craft experience for tourists.

In partnership with the Travel Foundation and the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) UK, our project has:

  • Secures the livelihoods of traditional lace makers
  • Inspires new lace designs and products via a strategic alliance with Sri Lanka’s leading Academy of Design .
  • Creates long-term linkages with the tourism value chain
  • Provided opportunities to help 
women sell and market their products.
  • Trains unemployed young women in lace making
  • Provided a scholarship for a disadvantaged youth to study fashion design with a focus on promoting the use of traditional lace in fashion
  • Secured ‘Beeralu’ lace  as an elective for third year degree students at the Academy of Design, Sri Lanka.
  • Ensured ‘Beeralu’ Lace and Dickwella Lace Centre products are showcased at the annual Sri Lanka Design Festival  amongst an array of both local and international designers.

The Dickwella Lace Centre sells a wide range of fantastic lace products both to tourists, has lace making demonstrations, a small lace museum and includes training facilities for new and existing women. 

Key clients of the Dickwella Lace Centre have included: Virgin Holidays, Sri Lankan AirlinesKUR Collection, Kandgys Hand Loom Textiles

Project Period:  2006 – ongoing


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