Annotated Bibliography by Ayesha Abdur-Rahman

Knox, Robert. An Historical Relation of Ceylon: Together with Somewhat Concerning Severall Remarkeable Passages of My Life That Hath Hapned Since My Deliverance Out of My Captivity. 1681, Reprinted by Colombo: Gunasena, 1981.
Contains information on costume.

Davy, John. An Account of the Interior of Ceylon, and of Its Inhabitants.: With Travels in That Island. The Ceylon historical journal, v. 16. Dehiwala, Sri Lanka: Tisara Prakasakayo, 1983.
Contains information on costume, musical instruments, and tools.

Tennent, James Emerson. Ceylon: An Account of the Island, Physical, Historical, and Topographical, with Notices of Its Natural History, Antiquities, and Productions. Dehiwala: Tisara Prakasakayo, 1977.
Contains information on design elements and stone.

Leitch, Mary, and Margaret W. Leitch. Seven Years in Ceylon Stories of Mission Life. Originally published, 1890, reprint 2003
Contains information on costume.

Wright, Arnold. Twentieth Century Impressions of Ceylon: Its History, People, Commerce, Industries, and Resources. London: Lloyd's Greater Britain Pub. Co, 1907.
This is a very important source for society, costume and jewelry.

Coomaraswamy, Ananda K. Mediaeval Sinhalese Art: Being a Monograph on Mediaeval Sinhalese Arts and Crafts, Mainly As Surviving in the 18. Century, with an Account of the Structure of Society and the Status of the Craftsmen. 1908, third edition 1976, State Printing Corporation, Sri Lanka
Contains information on all the categories of the Decorative Arts.

Coomaraswamy, Ananda Kentish. Bronzes from Ceylon, Chiefly in the Colombo Museum. Colombo: Dept. of Govt. Print, 1988. Memoirs of the Colombo Museum, Series No.1, 1914, reprint 1988
Contains information on costume and metalwork

Veenendaal, Jan. Furniture from Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India During the Dutch Period. Delft: Foundation Volkenkundig Museum Nusantara, 1985.
Contains information on VOC period furniture.

Bandaranayake, Senake, and Gamini Jayasinghe. The Rock and Wall Paintings of Sri Lanka. Colombo: Lake House Bookshop, 1986.
Contains information on design elements, woodwork-Embekke, costume, jewelry, furniture, ceramics, and stonework.

Jayawardene, J. R.: Golden Threads; for the Youth of Sri Lanka…for whom he torch must pass,” [1977?]
Contains information on costume, and woodwork-Embekke.

De Silva, Nimal. Kandy: A Cultural Guide to World Heritage City. Colombo: Deveco Designers & Publishers, 1994.
Contains information on costume, design elements, textile, and woodwork.

Raheem, Ismeth, and Percy Colin-Thome`. Images of British Ceylon: Nineteenth Century Photography of Sri Lanka. Singapore: Times Editions, 2000.
Contains information on furniture, costume, architecture.

Victoria and Albert Museum, Amin Jaffer, Karina Corrigan, Robin D. Jones, Mike Kitcatt, Markham Sexton, and Jeffrey Dykes. Furniture from British India and Ceylon: A Catalogue of the Collections in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, Mass: Peabody Essex Museum, 2001.
Contains information on furniture.

Wimalaratne, K. D. G., and Dian Gomes. Costumes of Sri Lanka. S.l: s.n, 2001.
Contains information on costume, textiles, and jewelry

Robson, David G., and Geoffrey Bawa. Geoffrey Bawa: The Complete Works. New York, N.Y.: Thames & Hudson, 2002.
This is about his architecture and interiors showing furniture.

Bawa, Geoffrey, Christoph Bon, and Dominic Sansoni. Lunuganga. Singapore: Times Editions, 2006.
Pictorial work on Lunuganga, a garden in Sri Lanka, designed by Geoffrey Bawa

Daswatte, Channa, and Dominic Sansoni. Sri Lanka Style: Tropical Design and Arctitecture. Singapore: Periplus, 2006.
Channa Daswatte is a trustee of Lunuganga, and was the last of Bawa's assistants.

Tammita-Delgoda, SinhaRaja. Ridi Vihare: The Flowering of Kandyan Art. Pannipitiya: Stamford Lake, 2006.
Contains information on design elements, ivory, precious metal, metalwork, textile, and woodwork-Embekke.

Jones, Robin D. Interiors of Empire: Objects, Space and Identity Within the Indian Subcontinent, C.1800-1947. Studies in design. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007.
Contains information on British period material culture, furniture and interiors.

Robson, David G., and Geoffrey Bawa. Beyond Bawa. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2008.
Contains information on Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lankan architect, designer, and art collector.