Dinajpur Wooden Mask
An ethnic and traditional mask intricately crafted by the artisans of South Dinajpur(West Bengal – India). Wood pieces are kept submerged in large reservoirs containing water mixed with mulberry gum powder, bleaching powder and sal; the pieces are taken out after a week and sun-dried. Various timber varieties such as Gamari, Sal, Mango, Pakur, and Mahogany are used.
The wooden masks are meant for use in Gambheera Dances or Palas (musical folk theaters), as the carvers, or the performers, treat each mask philosophically, by considering it as the Mukha (face), rather than a Mukhosh (mask) – the belief being that it comes alive as soon as one puts his face behind it.
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