A new brighter Suriya
By Ishani Ranasinghe
It’s trendy, classy and a whole lot more. Situated down shady 5th Lane, the new premises of 'Suriya' gives the store a new look while retaining the unique style that attracted many earlier.

Entering through a path with its open garden café on one side you come upto a large house. Hints of what to expect inside are everywhere and once you enter you are confronted with a variety of goods, including furniture, pottery, rush and reed ware, pictures, candles and scores of little knick knacks.

Ruwanmali Jayasinghe, the owner of Suriya is someone who loves old ideas with a new twist and enjoys making something out of everything. Having first opened the shop four years ago in Thimbirigasyaya, Ruwanmali says the decision to move was to make it more convenient for clients and to be able to provide them with a wider collection.

"The concept is the same," says Ruwanmali, adding that natural products still play an important role in their collection. They have always been keen on working with local craftsmen and on using only local raw materials. "We have so much talent here in Sri Lanka and I think we need to help them out," she said adding that she is glad that people are starting to appreciate this more.

"The trend of wanting your home to be on ethnic lines has definitely caught on. I suppose before it was exclusive but now it has changed," says Ruwanmali. Suriya's garden café, to be opened shortly, will be a place for people to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Spelling sunshine, brightness and colour, Suriya is now situated at No. 61, Fifth Lane, Colombo 3.

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