The Government is giving a boost to the local handicraft sector, with the modernisation of the Laksala Thunmulla showroom at a cost of Rs.50 million.
The new showroom complex will open on November 9 and this would be a great achievement for the promotion of the industry.
The sales growth rate of the Laksala has increased due to high demand of Laksala products. `We have planned to set up new gift items displaying centres in the Fort and Thunmulla branches as well. The project of providing Laksala products for the utilisation of government bodies is implemented successfully earning a substantial income within seven months,` Sri Lanka Handicraft Board Chairperson Somakumari Tennakoon told the Daily News.
Laksala has received many orders from Government organisations including circuit bungalows and quarters.
`We would also computerise four branches such as Thunmulla, Fort, Kandy and Galle investing Rs.16 million with the objective of facilitating on line purchasing,` she said. With the objective of providing a platform to sell local manufacturers` products, Laksala will expand its branch network to Dambulla, Anuradhapura and Kegalle.
This will also provide opportunities to both local and foreign customers who visit these areas. She said that the Laksala is also in the process of shifting to Negombo, Sigiriya and Kurunegala.
We shift to good business environments and it would benefit both craftsmen and customers,` she added. Borella and Kirulapone are also being looked at.