brass making began in Sri Lanka. Iron-smelting and steel-tempering have been recorded as being practiced in this area since ancient times.
Located on the way to Mulkirigala, a stop at Angulmaduwa provides an opportunity for a traveller to see a group of dedicated traditional artisans at work, producing high quality traditional brassware. These items are popular souveniers from the area and can be purchased at reasonable prices from the artisans themselves.
Most popular are the various types of lamps; standing or hanging models. The hanging lamps are commonly made in the shapes of birds, elephants and barrel shapes. The standing lamps which are cast in brass include tall lamps, lamps with branches and specially designed ceremonial lamps. Sri Lankans believe that lighting of an oil lamp is auspicious at important occasions and commonly use these brass lamps for that purpose.