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Enchanting World of Mask Dances in Bhutan

Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, Bhutan is known for its rich culture and traditions, deeply rooted in the teachings of Buddhism. Among the most captivating manifestations of Bhutan’s unique heritage are the sacred Mask Dances,  Chham. It is performed at local temples and monasteries during Tsechu festivals. These energetic and vibrant displays are […]

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Four Guardian Animal Mask-In Set

A handcrafted four guardian animal mask set used in the Bhutanese sacred mask dances. Tiger, Snow Lion, Garuda, and Dragon are four powerful guardians and auspicious animals known as Tak, Seng, Chung, and Druk.

They are featured in one of the most sacred mask dances called “Dance of the Drums of Dramitse, ” (locally, Dramitse Nga Cham). This performance comprises 16 performers dressed wearing exotic masks representing real and mythic animals. The vulture-headed Garuda, the Dragon, the Snow Lion, and the Tiger are among them. These animals represent attributes such as alertness, vision, trust, joy, and power. The dance is believed to depict visions of the heavenly court of Padmasambhava.

The Tiger (Tak) symbolises unconditional confidence, disciplined awareness, kindness, and modesty. It is known for its power to protect from bad spirits and evil.

The Snow Lion (Seng) indicates unconditional happiness, clear and accurate thinking, and a precise mind.

The Druk (Dragon) represents accomplishments, tranquillity, elegance, and kindness. The dragon roars in the sky, breaking us out of delusion and giving awareness to things we can’t see.

Garuda with a vulture head (Chung) represents liberation from hopes and anxieties. It is thought to be a cure for ailments caused by harmful spiritual influences.

How is it made?

These delicate crafts are made by young art school students. It involves a complex process where the native pinewood is dried naturally for several months. The young artisan then shapes the mask’s rough outline before moving on to precision carving of the shapes and features. Finally, painters paint the masks in various steps according to a certain specification.

Weight: 988 grams (447 grams each)

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Bhutanese Mask Tsholing – in red

A beautiful Bhutanese mask handmade in Bhutan similar to the one used for the religious mask dances. The mask is made out of light wood which is carefully crafted as per the Buddhists’ philosophies. The mask comes in different sizes and colors signifying different symbols in the Vajrayāna tradition of Buddhism.

In Bhutan, the “Tsholing” masks are used during Bhutan’s festivals for the religious mask dances. The masks represent saints and sages, male and female protective deities, and legendary personages. This particular mask represents Mahakala. He is the protector of the Dharma and is meant to frighten bad spirits away and to keep away negative energy, thoughts, and actions. The common elements of the masks of Mahakala are the five skulls decorating his crown, a symbol of the transmutation of the five “kleshas” (negative emotions) into the five wisdom.

Product Description:
Color: Red
Dimension: H 30 * W 23 cm
Weight: 535 grams

Materials:
Wood
Paints

Made in Bhutan

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Bhutanese mask in Blue

Bhutanese Mask Tsholing – in Blue

A beautiful Bhutanese mask handmade in Bhutan similar to the one used for the religious mask dances. The mask is made out of light wood which is carefully crafted as per the Buddhists’ philosophies. The mask comes in different sizes and colors signifying different symbols in the Vajrayāna tradition of Buddhism.

In Bhutan, the “Tsholing” masks are used during Bhutan’s festivals for the religious mask dances. The masks represent saints and sages, male and female protective deities, and legendary personages. This particular mask represents Mahakala. He is the protector of the Dharma and is meant to frighten bad spirits away and to keep away negative energy, thoughts, and actions. The common elements of the masks of Mahakala are the five skulls decorating his crown, a symbol of the transmutation of the five “kleshas” (negative emotions) into the five wisdom.

Product Description:
Color: Blue
Dimension: H 30 * W 23 cm
Weight: 535 grams

Materials:
Wood
Paints

Made in Bhutan

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Handwoven Cotton Face Mask by CDK

This yellow face mask has been handwoven in Bhutan by experienced weavers in the Atelier of CDK, using traditional techniques. The colorful details are made from silk and are woven on vanilla-colored cotton. The geometric pattern called “Teema” is a traditional Bhutanese symbol often found on the national attires.

Breathable, soft, and lightweight, this face mask is comfortable to wear. Its fitted form and the double layers of cotton fabric make it compliant with health regulations.

Instruction:
Hand wash or wash in a delicate cycle with neutral soap, then hang or lay flat to dry. Iron, steam, or dry with low heat. Do NOT bleach.

About the artisan:
CDK is a Bhutanese contemporary apparel, accessories, and home-wear brand. Launched in 2014 by Chandrika Tamang.
Ms Chandrika is a passionate entrepreneur and self-taught designer who started designing and tailoring from her house. With only traditional clothing available in the market, she saw an opportunity in developing clothing with modern lines using traditional weaving methods. Inspired by nature and the environment, her designs showcase how traditional Bhutanese patterns and methods of weaving can be easily infused to create very fashionable and contemporary designs.
Her clothing line is eco-friendly, empowers women to take charge of their future, promotes the Bhutanese culture, and focuses on sustainability.

Please note the colors may differ slightly from the images due to camera and screen settings.

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Handwoven Silk Face Mask by CDK – in Orange

This bright beautiful silk face mask is sure to bring a touch of pop to any outfit. Handwoven by talented female artisans in Bhutan, this mask is made with bright turquoise silk on orange raw silk. The motif woven is called a Dong Tan Rigpa in Bhutanese, it is a pattern that is found commonly among Bhutanese Textiles.

This mask is made from two layers of durable, breathable silk, its fitted form is held into place with elastics. The size is a great fit and is comfortable for most faces.

With every purchase, you are helping the livelihood of generations of weavers from Bhutan.

Materials:
Silk
Raw Silk

Instruction:
Delicate wash in neutral soap, then hang or lay flat to dry

About the artisan:
CDK is a Bhutanese contemporary apparel, accessories, and home-wear brand. Launched in 2014 by Chandrika Tamang.
Ms. Chandrika is a passionate entrepreneur and self-taught designer who started designing and tailoring from her house. With only traditional clothing available in the market, she saw an opportunity in developing clothing with modern lines using traditional weaving methods. Inspired by nature and the environment, her designs showcase how traditional Bhutanese patterns and methods of weaving can be easily infused to create very fashionable and contemporary designs.
Her clothing line is eco-friendly, empowers women to take charge of their future, promotes the Bhutanese culture, and focuses on sustainability.

Please note the colors may differ slightly from the images due to camera and screen settings.

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Handwoven Face Mask by CDK – in Green

A beautiful cotton face mask in pine green decorated with geometrical motifs made in light green and fuschia silk threads. The pattern is called Teema in Bhutanese, it is one of the most popular traditional patterns but it is also considered as one of the most difficult to weave.

This facemask is woven by talented female artisans under the direction of Chandrika, the founder behind the success of CDK brand.

Made from two layers of durable, breathable 100% cotton fabric.
Elastic Ear Loops
One size fits most adults.

With every purchase, you are helping the livelihood of generations of weavers from Bhutan.

Materials:
Silk
Cotton

Instruction:
Delicate wash in neutral soap, then hang or lay flat to dry

About the artisan:
CDK is a Bhutanese contemporary apparel, accessories, and home-wear brand. Launched in 2014 by Chandrika Tamang.
Ms. Chandrika is a passionate entrepreneur and self-taught designer who started designing and tailoring from her house. With only traditional clothing available in the market, she saw an opportunity in developing clothing with modern lines using traditional weaving methods. Inspired by nature and the environment, her designs showcase how traditional Bhutanese patterns and methods of weaving can be easily infused to create very fashionable and contemporary designs.
Her clothing line is eco-friendly, empowers women to take charge of their future, promotes the Bhutanese culture, and focuses on sustainability.

Please note the colors may differ slightly from the images due to camera and screen settings.

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Face Mask by Kelzang – vanilla with colourful accents

This colourful face mask has been handwoven in Bhutan by experienced weavers in the Atelier of Kelzang Textiles, using traditional techniques. The colourful details are made from wild silk called Burra in Bhutanese being woven on a vanilla coloured cotton.

The geometric pattern called “nangong khorlo” is a traditionnal bhutanese symbol often found on the national attires, it represents the wild flowers of Bhutan. with “Phun” and Nanong pattern

Breathable, soft and lightweight, this facemark is comfortable to wear.  Pleated and reusable, its double layer of cotton fabric makes it compliant with health regulations.

Materials:
Naturally dyed wild silk from Bhutan
Cotton from Bhutan
Bhutan has also had a long history of using vegetable dyes and ild silk produced by giant silkworm moths.

Instruction:
Hand wash or wash in delicate cycle with neutral soap, then hang or lay flat to dry. Iron, steam or dry with low heat. Do NOT bleach.

About the producer:
Kelzang handicraft produce exquisite Bhutanese textiles & crafts since 1995.
Kelzang Wangmo aka Jambay, the founder is from Khoma village in Lhuntse which is famed for the exquisite -Kishutharas- the “skirt” part of the traditional attire.
She was only ten when she started weaving in her village. At 16 she moved to Thimphu with her family, and started weaving and selling Kiras and Ghos with her two sisters
Nowadays Jambay designs most of the textiles at her shop and has women weaving for her in Thimphu as well as in Lhuntse. She has won several awards for their designs from the Royal Textile Academy

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Purple Face Mask by Kelzang Textiles

Face Mask by Kelzang Textiles – Purple

This purple face mask has been handwoven in Bhutan by experienced weavers in the Atelier of Kelzang, using traditional techniques.

Made of silk woven on cotton, this bright mask is guaranteed to add a touch of pop and originality to any outfit. Its traditional pattern called “Chutang Rikpa” represents women’s in Bhutanese Textiles.

Breathable, soft and lightweight, this facemark is comfortable to wear.  Pleated and reusable, its double layer of cotton fabric makes it compliant with health regulations.

Materials:
Cotton and silk from Bhutan

About the producer:
Kelzang handicraft produce exquisite Bhutanese textiles & crafts since 1995.
Kelzang Wangmo aka Jambay, the founder is from Khoma village in Lhuntse which is famed for the exquisite -Kishutharas- the “skirt” part of the traditional attire.

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Face Mask by Kelzang Textiles – Multicolors

This brightly colored face mask has been handwoven in Bhutan by experienced weavers in the Atelier of Kelzang, using traditional techniques.

Made of silk woven on cotton, the bright and colourful mask is guaranteed to add a touch of pop and originality to any outfit. It’s traditional pattern called “Chutang Rikpa” represents  women’s in Bhutanese Textiles.

Breathable, soft and lightweight, this facemark is comfortable to wear.  Pleated and reusable, its double layer of cotton fabric makes it compliant with health regulations.

Materials:
Cotton and silk from Bhutan

About the producer:
Kelzang handicraft produce exquisite Bhutanese textiles & crafts since 1995.
Kelzang Wangmo aka Jambay, the founder is from Khoma village in Lhuntse which is famed for the exquisite -Kishutharas- the “skirt” part of the traditional attire.

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