Kerala Folklore Museum

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The Museum of Folklore in Cochin is truly brilliant. It is filled to the brim with folk arts from Southern India. The museum was built 4 years ago, and is based on traditional South Indian temple architecture. It is beautiful. It houses just one man’s collection -24 years of kleptomania are well appreciated here, let’s just hope the original owners were paid fairly.

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My favourite was a huge mask collection. RAA!

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South Indian Ritual Masks

face patterns
Thayyam face painting patterns

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Karnataka string puppets (Hanuman is wining at a game of scissor-paper-stone)
hannuman

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Kummattikali papier-mache masks

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Thayyam mask

breast plates
Thayyam preast plates

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