The Hambiliya (Sinhala: හැඹිලිය; for "Cache") is a small purse for the safe storage of money and other things on a person, in Sri Lanka. It performs the same function as a pocket, because an Osariya (ඔසරිය) for women and a Sarong (සරම) for men do not have any pockets. The hambiliya is carried on a woman in the folds of her osariya.[1][2]

Its design is often colourful, using dyed leaves and natural colours from clays and other plant material to produce patterns. It is woven from reed or rush but is also made from palm, Screwpine, Eraminiya and indi kola.[3]

See also


  1. ^ De Silva, Deemathie W. (1981). "Puberty rites for the Sinhalese female". Lambda Alpha Journal of Man: 35–46. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  2. ^ Jayasinghe, Gamini. "Betel Leaf - A symbol of fortune and prosperity". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Hambiliya". Dilmah conservation. Retrieved 17 January 2019.