Mask carving is a local tradition in the Southern coastal region of Sri Lanka.
Artisans skillfully carve all masks and boxes by hand from a wide variety of locally sourced woods. Most masks are made from Kaduru wood, a soft wood that is easy to carve and shape, while boxes are usually made using coco wood or mahogany. It takes at least one whole week to finish making a mask from seasoning the wood, to carving and painting and require specializes skills.
Traditional mask designs depict characters extracted from local folk stories and have a distinct significance tied to each.0