Paucartambo’s traditional fiesta masks are made using clay, cement, plaster, papier-mâché and a paste made from flour and water. Our expert craftsman will show you how these wonderful masks are made, and encourage you to give free rein to your artistic side as you paint your own mask! The process of making these typical Cusco region masks involves a clay mold, into which a mixture of cement and plaster poured. Once the mixture has dried, the clay mold is removed, and the cement and plaster form of the mask can be coated with the papier-mâché from which the mask that will be worn is shaped. Once this papier-mâché mask has dried, it is sanded down to a smooth form that can be painted and decorated.
Recreating traditional mask-making skills from the Andean town of Paucartambo.
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