The art of Papeir Mache mask making is an expression of traditions, environment, mythology and it is not every day that one gets to view some of the many mask-making practices that still exist actively.
“The masks that we make are mostly used for religious performances and traditional dramas where scenes from the Ramayan and Mahabharat are depicted. This is the reason why you will mostly find headgears of popular mythological characters like the Ravan or Hanuman.” The rich heritage of Orissa is bestowed with the craft of moulding paper into a range of products including patachitra styled masks locally known as Mukha. The skill has been creatively practised by the craftsmen all over Orissa particularly in and around Puri. These masks are not only strikingly beautiful but sturdy and durable as well.