Photographer's Note

Khon Mask, whether it be that of the demon king Tosakanth, hermits, monkeys or mythological characters, is based on a clay model. Once the clay model has dried, it is neatly covered with papier mache made of Sa rice paper and placed out to dry in the sun. The papier mache mask is then cut in half and removed from the clay model, before being sewn together again. Papier mache is pasted over the stitches and left to dry.

With a cutter, the mask maker scrapes the papier mache surface until it is smooth and an additional layer of papier mache is applied. Once dried, the hardened black sap of the lak tree is heated until it is pliable and immediately applied on protruding features such as the eyebrows, ears and the elaborate headdresses. Yet another layer of papier mache is applied and the face is sandpapered. Depending on the character, gold leaves and colored glass add glitter to the headdress or ornaments. The final step is the painting of the mask with acrylic paints. If it is a demon mask, fangs made of pearl shells are attached on both sides of the mouth.
A skilled craftman will normally have about five or six masks in different stages on the go at one time.
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  • Date Taken: 2010-11-28
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