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Barefoot, Colombo

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Gift & Specialty Shop · Hidden Gem · Shopping
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Check out the much-lauded textiles at Barefoot, a shop established by Sri Lankan designer Barbara Sansei. Renowned for her vibrant, hand-woven fabrics, Sansei's creations include bedsheets, tablecloths, and other home decor, as well as quality clothing items with striking geometric designs. The thoughtfully laid-out store also features locally made crafts and a bookshop. Afterwards, admire the artworks in the gallery and relax in the courtyard cafe. Use our Colombo online trip itinerary planner to add Barefoot and other attractions to your Colombo vacation plans.
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  • Loved this high quality craft and linen store! We hadn't really found other cool things to buy in Sri Lanka and this was by far our favorite store - ended up walking out with a full two bags of home.....  more
    Loved this high quality craft and linen store! We hadn't really found other cool things to buy in Sri Lanka and this was by far our favorite store - ended up walking out with a full two bags of home.....  more »
  • Worth visiting. There is a large range of hand made/woven items for the home - tablecloths, place mats, cushion covers, sarongs and so much more. Your purchase helps to support village people who... 
    Worth visiting. There is a large range of hand made/woven items for the home - tablecloths, place mats, cushion covers, sarongs and so much more. Your purchase helps to support village people who...  more »
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  • Good variety of handicrafts and hand woven material. They had my favourite brand of posters there - stick no bills. They even had a shelf dedicated to organic food items. I bought 4 jars of dried & spiced meats, 2 jars of jam and 5 packs of curry mixes. They also have a cafe serving organic food items, homemade breads, freshly squeezed juices.
  • First, the store has some beautiful textiles and was one of the first places in Sri Lanka that changed the patterns and utilized small villages to produce textiles. Their patterns became the standard and are well copied throughout the city but this is the original. They have some great books, old-school postcards, and great knickknacks that are worth it for gifts. Secondly the courtyard cafe is a great place to unwind from the hot hustle bustle of Colombo and enjoy a nice meal a cool breeze and a great dessert. I’ve been going here since 1991 and it’s gotten better every year.

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