Mask-making is a skill that has been creatively practiced by artists in Orissa for a long time. The state has a history of folk theatre also known as 'Jatra'. The performing artists use masks based on their characterizations. These are made of papier-mache and cowdung, because in India, cows are an important part of daily life and considered sacred. Their dung is used as a base for a variety of artistic creations that build a hidden bond between the animal and the observer.
The range of masks includes ones of Hindu gods and goddesses, especially Lord Jagannath, the focus of any artists' life in Orissa. Other products include handbags, toys and door hangings. These have immense demand in the market because they are not only aesthetically beautiful but strong and durable as well.
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