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The origin of the name Serendip

The origin of the name Serendip

Serendip is the ancient Persian name for Sri Lanka (also formerly known as Ceylon) and is the origin of the word serendipity. But it is not the only name Sri Lanka used to be known by. Read on to discover more. Historical background Sri Lanka is a beautiful tropical island in the Indian ocean, just off the south-eastern tip of India. It has been a stopping point for traders between Europe, the Middle East and China since ancient times.  They came for the gems and spices that Sri Lanka was famous for, and many of the traders from Arabia settled around the island,...

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From tree to bowl - how our coconut wood bowls are made

From tree to bowl - how our coconut wood bowls are made

The coconut palm tree grows prolifically in tropical regions, and can be seen all over Sri Lanka. They are a source of many riches. The fruits of the coconut tree are well known for their refreshing coconut water and coconut flesh, which is used extensively in Sri Lankan cooking. The fibrous husks of the coconuts are used for making mats and scourers, while the leaf fronds are used to thatch roofs and make baskets. The coconut shell can be sanded and polished to make bowls and jewellery (see our coconut shell section), while the wood of the tree trunk is ideal for homewares such as bowls, plates,...

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