Popularly known as mukhas in the local language, masks are an integral part of Assam's culture and tradition. They are mostly used during folk theatre performances based on tribal folktales. Generally made from terracotta, metal, bamboo, pith and wood, the beautifully designed masks usually depict local deities and characters from Hindu epics like the Mahabharata and Ramayana. The masks are divided into three categories on the basis of their size. These are Cho mask, Lotokoi mask and Mukh mask. For the rural population of the state, mask-making serves as a means of livelihood and the craft is followed by craftsmen from all communities. Making a mask takes around 10 to 15 days during which the craftsmen make a frame using bamboo strips and then paste layers of clay-soaked clothes before leaving them to dry under the sun. Once dry, the masks are painted in bright colours.

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