The knowledge of the island’s traditional Ayurveda practice is one that has been carefully guarded and secreted within practitioner-families. Its practices and rituals have been passed from one generation to the next – often from father to son – by personal tutelage, thereby preserving confidentiality.
When her children were quite young, Mallika Hemachandra found herself widowed when her husband – who had worked in the government hospital as a psychiatrist – passed away. She found that the pension she received upon his death was insufficient to provide for her family; and so she determined to transform her hobby of jewellery designing into an enterprise.
Men and women through the ages have adorned themselves with decorative items we have come to collectively refer to as ‘jewellery.’ In Sri Lanka, jewellery made of gold is particularly coveted for the cachet of conspicuous consumption, as well as heritage and investment.