The lacquer industry has its roots in traditional villages such as AngulMaduwa in Hambantota district and Hapuwida, Maussagalla in Matale district illustrates the highly traditional characteristics on today also. This industry which allied to a long history was remained as a well developed and tactical industry under the royal intervention in even medieval age.
Even though the lacquer designs were based on natural colors and lac (lakada) in early age the modern lacquer craftsmen could able to protect this industry with applying appropriate substitutes (shellac) without diverging from its original nature.
The current generation of lacquer ware craftsmen who created very fine designs for king and the society are involving with producing decorative designs to competitive modern market such as jewellery boxes, betel holders, decorative bowls and etc.
The lacquer craftsmen are dedicating in calm and hard way for earning the foreign exchange and blowout the identity of SL over the world as the attractive field among foreign tourists.Today they have to devote for protect their identity in competitive local market also. This qualitative lacquer work which established as an industry has the capability for adopt to fulfil competitive modern market and needs.