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These workshops are designed for small dedicated groups to learn the art of Woodcarving. Mask carving is an art inspired by the spiritual world of the Orang Asli, a world filled with supernatural forces – both good and evil. Mask makers help visualise. Various folk tales, myths and legends of the olden days are transformed through the masks. The Mah Meri of the Senoi group is the only group who carves wooden masks. Masks were originally made from Pulai wood, a light weight whitish wood ideal for mask making. Unfortunately, its increasing rarity has caused carvers to use Nyireh Batu wood, a reddish hardwood. The Mah Meri carves masks as a sign of reverence to their ancestors who are regarded as powerful and should be revered. The word “Moyang” used for every mask refers to the ancestors who are believed to be the guardians in safe guarding their peaceful existence and in meeting out punishments. Punishments handed out such as sickness, difficulty in hunting task, failure in planting.
Participants will interact directly with the artists and should be able to make simple products at the end of the day. Woodcarving would need a longer period of time to achieve a good level of competency.