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Jayamali Batiks Studio

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Address: 196 1st Floor (Upstairs) | Central Market, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

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Some Guides and Drivers could try to recommend you another batik shop by saying that my shop is closed today or difficult to find, etc;. Please do not believe such people. Please call me or use Google map to find my store easily. My shop is situated inside the Kandy Central Market which is opposite the Kandy Clock Tower and it is not difficult to find as it is a well known local market in Kandy. The shop is open from 9.00am to 6.00pm every day. In case if the shop is closed, please call me or get a free call from the shop which is next to mine as it is a pleasure to open my store for you within next 20 minutes. Jayamali Batiks Studio, one of the most famous batik studios in Kandy, was founded in 1979 by Jayakody. He discovered his talent to create unique batik wall hangings and started the business with very few means at his home as a family business. His unique style of designing modern, artistic and unusual designs to a very high quality fascinated the foreign guests who visited his studio.

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Beautiful collection of batiks

Definitely put this place on your list of places to shop in Kandy. Great choice of quality batiks with beautiful designs. The top floor of the centre also has a great selection... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Donna C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely put this place on your list of places to shop in Kandy. Great choice of quality batiks with beautiful designs. The top floor of the centre also has a great selection of souvenir shops.

Thank Donna C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We made the trip specially to the market for that shop only to be welcomed by a closed store with a sign stating that the owner is a phone call away. When asked the refferred to neighbor , it turns out an hour is needed. Ended up going into the shop at the corner before where a gentleman speaking​ perfect... More 

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Chaminda J, Owner at Jayamali Batiks Studio, responded to this review

Dear Sir, First of all I must tell you that I am not a slave for anyone to serve at anytime you want but I am also a human been who need a rest day when I am not well or when any of my family members are not well or when I have a special occasion to attend. Despite... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went to Kandy central market to find this shop because it was so highly rated. I was looking for some art from Sri Lanka to take home with me. This place did not disappoint. Jayamali has a stunning mix of traditional and modern designs. The owner took the time to explain to me how batiks were made and showed... More 

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Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Check out the phenomenal shop in the shopping center second level . Can call owner to confirm hours and/or open shop for appointment. Independent shop that doesn't charge the 30-50% markup that many other "tour guide recommended" stores charge (this topic makes me so angry!!)

Thank Rebecca B
Cairo, Egypt
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

Great little store with a good variety of hand made batiks. If you're into quilting, this is a great store to visit for inspiration.

Thank AlwaysAForeigner
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Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

A true batik artist- he kindly explained the process of creating batiks from beginning to end in great detail, then proceeded to explain the meaning behind his traditional designs. Above and beyond the level of craftsmanship shown in all his pieces, which is without a doubt superior to anything else we saw during our time in Sri Lanka, we spent... More 

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Reviewed 16 January 2017

You may have to wait 40 minutes for the owner to open the shop for you but it is well worth it. (If pushed for time call ahead as there is little else in the market of interest) I was particularly taken with his modern and unusual designs but they also produce more traditional pieces. Many people do not realise... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

CJ and his beautiful shop is a must see in Kandy. He will take the time to explain the batik process and show a huge variety of artworks and who made them. The stories behind each piece are wonderful and add depth to just having a pretty picture in the wall. The artworks are stunning. Some of the detail in... More 

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Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

We got our lovely piece of art here. Having seen very low quality Batiks, these ones really stood out with quality of workmanship, color and fabric. Worth the price and more!

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Reviewed 25 December 2016

I was hunting for good batiks and Jayamali came highly recommended via Trip Advisor. The previous shops that we were taken to, did not even come close to what CJ displayed in his shop. The ideas and workmanship are exquisite, further enhanced by painting the fabric to highlight the figures. I was looking for one small Buddha or Lord Ganesha... More 

1 Thank Avanee C

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