Habiller la pandémie

Une exposition virtuelle de masques de protection faciale Covid-19 du monde entier

Chhau Dance Masks

Performers in eastern India use these types of masks during dance drama, known as Chhau. Typically, dancers perform Hindu epic stories of good and evil, but in 2020 some groups re-envisioned the characters’ roles as powerful COVID-19 warriors fighting against the virus. At the same time, as a result of the pandemic, mask makers created new designs and half-masks with three-layer cotton inserts to protect wearers. Now, makers sell these masks to supplement their incomes as the performing arts industry recovers.

Distributed by Kala Chaupal Trust – Culture Masks, India


Designed in Purulia, West Bengal, India

Made in Purulia, West Bengal, India

Painted papier mâché

Royal Ontario Museum 
2021.27.2 (male)
2021.27.3 (female)


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