Puppets, based on the masked dancers of the jatras (ceremonial, ritualistic, and religious processions/occasions), manipulated with cords are crafted and sold all over Kathmandu Valley. They are often multi-armed deities holding miniature wooden weapons in each hand. This new craft was introduced into Katmandu only a few decades back by a German lady.

The puppet heads, like the masks they emulate, are made of clay or papier mache. Colourfully and ethnically dressed, they are a popular tourist and export item.


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