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has become synonymous with Kerala and a Kathakali mask or model
is today considered representative of Kerala. Little models of
the artform or its mask cast in plaster of paris or carved out
of wood are popular souvenirs. The Kathakali puppet is a rich
representation of the Kathakali vesham (costume) and varies in
size from small curios to huge statues.
Kathakali, the 300 year old classical dance drama,
involves mime, mudras and musical accompaniments and is based on
Capturing the human as well as super human characteristics,
the Kathakali costumes and make up strictly follow certain representational
The headgears and paint on the face vary for different
characters. The costumes are distinct from other artforms in their
billowing umbrella skirts, full sleeve blouses, heavy ornaments
and large headgears.
The Kathakali puppet models have all these specifications.
These models are readily available in handicraft emporiums across
the state, and can be made to order in certain villages were the
Orders for custom made models can be placed at
the government owned handicrafts emporium SMSM Institute in Thiruvananthapuram.
Here you get these articles for a standard price.
Price varies approximately from Rs. 75/- to Rs.
5000/- (for 1.5 ft height wooden models) depending on size and the