The Koya mask is part of the
. This skill intensive craft is practiced by the tribes of Dhenkanal
and western regions of Orissa
. The mask serves as a head-gear as well and covers the entire face and neck. The ancient technique by which the mask is made is known as 'lost wax' process. The raw material used in the making of Koya mask is a mixture of pure brass and scraps of some other metals. The mask gives the wearer a 'traditional' feel.
Dhenkanal is at a distance of 99 km from Bhubaneswar. It is famous for the Balbhadra Temple built in 1700. Saptasajya and
Joranda are the other tourist spots, situated at a distance of 12 km and 24 km respectively from Dhenkanal.