In the spirit of Halloween, here are some photos from a visit to a mask maker. While walking through the villages around the isolated villa we chose for our visit to the Bali countryside, our hosts brought us to workshops of local artisans. This mask maker’s shop and studio is about a 20 minute walk from Sukawati, Bali. Masks are used in religious ceremonies, traditional dances and on buildings throughout Bali. Many represent ‘Barongs‘ which are animal-human hybrids believed to protect from evil spirits. My husband became fascinated with this Boar mask (barong bangkal).
The artist was carving another boar from a single block of wood. It was amazing to see the hand crafting. He told us it takes about two weeks to complete a full boar mask. As his workshop was filled with works in progress, I was left in awe. Or maybe, it just made me realize how mass produced our everyday life is in the US.
We spent about 30 minutes trying to figure out how we would get the mask home safely in our luggage. In the end, we passed on this mask.
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