Mask Painting (making)

The mask, painted by me
The mask, painted by me

We are a fan of face mask, mainly I used to get nightmare having mask hung at the living area of our former home.

The entrance to Astina Mask Gallery at Bali
The entrance to Astina Mask Gallery at Bali

I would not take mask as religious nor spiritually, I would take it as a form of art.

The mask maker master Ida Bagus demonstrating the mask performance skills
The mask maker master Ida Bagus demonstrating the mask performance skills

Thanks to Kaspersky Lab, we were arranged to have a short lesson at Astani Mask Gallery, Ubud, Bali.  The lesson was conducted by Ida Bagus Nom Suryawan.  He made the mask, painted them as well as wearing to perform.

Mrs Ida Bagus, I forgot to ask for her name
Mrs Ida Bagus, I forgot to ask for her name

Ida shown us his gallery, a huge and extensive collection of masks.  Before he gave us a treat on the performance.

He explained to us that the performer would often needs to have a deep study about the subjects before one could perform it well.  This includes the storyline, plots, character building etc.  Ida gave us an illustration how he could perform in English instead of Balinese.  He also said that different mask would have different voice.

The mask maker at work
The mask maker at work

The gallery is also where Ida Bagus and family live.  He shown us the temple where the family pray together.

The masks, waiting for participants to paint them
The masks, waiting for participants to paint them

Mrs Ida also baked us some local cuisine, rice with brown sugar.

 

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