Collectables - Bamboo Masks from North Bengal
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Collectables - Bamboo Masks from North Bengal

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Handcarved bamboo masks from north Bengal, pair

Dimensions : 21"x 3" and 23" x 3"

Material: Bamboo

The history of masks in tribal culture is obscure. Some believe masks were first used by witches to conceal their identity while performing magical spells, while others believe masks were used by migrating people during pre-historic times. Whatever its origins, masks have always been a popular prop in tribal culture and an important feature in its deeply religious society. Tribal priests would wear masks and perform various magical rituals. 

The characteristics of the carving and material used differs depending the region of origin. Masks of rakshasas are also used to ward of evil and bring good luck to people. 

Migration of the tribals to cities meant the decline of the local culture and need for these wooden artifacts. The government of West Bengal in association with UNESCO is now reviving this tradition and trying to create a sustainable livelihood for the artisans.Natsy by Design supports this cause and offers these artisans a platform through which they can popularize this art form.


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