India | Madhya Pradesh


Mukhada is a mask worn by the tribal people of Madhya Pradesh during ritualistic dances and festivals.

They are made from inexpensive and perishable materials like pumpkin hollows, waste paper, cardboard and wood. In case an elongated mask is required instead of a round one, a gourd hollow is used in the making. A pair of holes is provided in the mask for the wearer’s viewing purpose. A nose is constructed using honeybee wax. Teeth are made of pumpkin seeds or rice grains. Bangles are used to mark the eyes. Moustaches, beards and hair are made using goat or bear hair.

Some masks are blood red in color. Masks belonging to some tribes are decorated with colorful designs and peacock feathers. Glitter is added to these masks using gloss paper or aluminum foils.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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