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The origins and history of masks is shrouded in obscurity. It is believed that masks might have been used in black magic arts by performers in order to conceal their identity or may have been used by migrating people during pre-historic times. Masks however have always held a prominent place in tribal culture and are an important symbol of a deeply religious society. Tribal priests would wear masks to perform various magical rituals and masks of rakshasas were used to ward off evil and bring good luck to people.


Masks were also used in ritual performances (Gamira) and street theatre performances (Jatra). Gamira is a dance form invoking the Kali, the tantric Goddess. Jatra, a form of street theatre, originated in Bengal in the 15th century as a result of the Bhakti movement. Over the years, the jatra repertoire became secular and started dealing with love stories and socio-political themes. This collection also showcases vintage handcrafted wooden sarangis used in the performances which are over 60 years old.

 

Migration of highly skilled artisans to cities as manual labour led to the decline of mask making. Today mask making in this region comes under a UNESCO protective mandate. 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.

 

 

Hand-crafted Wooden MaskCare Instructions - Wipe clean, polish with any oil. ..
₹1,120.00
Ex Tax:₹1,000.00
Hand-crafted Wooden MaskCare Instructions - Wipe clean, polish with any oil. ..
₹1,120.00
Ex Tax:₹1,000.00
Hand-crafted Wooden MaskCare Instructions - Wipe clean, polish with any oil. ..
₹2,240.00
Ex Tax:₹2,000.00
Handcrafted antique wooden animal mask Dimensions : 16.5" x 7" Used for street theatre in North Bengal. Made in Uttar and Dakshin Dinajpur and Naxalbari in West Bengal, wooden masks were a vital part of tribal lifestyle. Masks and instrumental bases were used in ritual performances of a f..
₹3,920.00
Ex Tax:₹3,500.00
Tribal Wooden Mask from Chhattisgarh
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Handcrafted tribal wooden mask from Chhattisgarh Material: Wood Dimensions : 12.3" x 8.5" These masks are made by an old man, the sole surviving artisan in the Chhattisgarh area. The history of masks in tribal culture is obscure. Some believe masks were first used by witches to conceal ..
₹3,000.00
Ex Tax:₹3,000.00
Handcrafted tribal wooden mask from Chhattisgarh Material: Wood Dimensions : 14" x 5" These masks are made by an old man, the sole surviving artisan in the Chhattisgarh area. The history of masks in tribal culture is obscure. Some believe masks were first used by witches to conceal thei..
₹3,000.00
Ex Tax:₹3,000.00
Handcrafted tribal wooden mask from Chhattisgarh Material: Wood Dimensions : 12" x 9" These masks are made by an old man, the sole surviving artisan in the Chhattisgarh area. The history of masks in tribal culture is obscure. Some believe masks were first used by witches to conceal thei..
₹3,000.00
Ex Tax:₹3,000.00
Jackfruit Man - Vintage Wooden Mask Jackfruit Man - Vintage Wooden Mask
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Handcrafted vintage "Jackfruit Man" wooden mask Dimensions : 11" x 8.5" Made out of jackfruit tree wood, old Naxalbadi mask. Used for street theatre in North Bengal. Masks and instrumental bases were used in ritual performances of a folk form called Gamira and other street theat..
₹3,500.00
Ex Tax:₹3,500.00
Handcarved bamboo masks from north Bengal, pair Dimensions : 17.5"x 3" and 18" x 3.2" 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 wer..
₹1,344.00
Ex Tax:₹1,200.00
African hand-carved wooden mask African hand-carved wooden mask
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African hand-carved wooden mask   Size - 26 inches * 5.5 inches Material - Wood..
₹3,000.00
Ex Tax:₹3,000.00
African hand-carved wooden mask   Size - 18 inches * 5.5 inches Material - Wood..
₹3,000.00
Ex Tax:₹3,000.00
Naxalbadi old wooden mask - old man
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Naxalbadi old wooden mask - old man Dimentions - Length 21 inches / Width 5.5 inches Care instructions - dry wipe, can polish with edible oil for extra shine..
₹1,500.00 ₹3,000.00
Ex Tax:₹1,500.00
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