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.
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.
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.
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.
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.