Masquerade costume

The Dogon people of Mali perform ceremonial dances dressed in striking masks and costumes. One such dance honours the dead: every morning and evening for up to six days, masqueraders dance in the village and surrounding fields – even on the deceased’s rooftop. Today, the Dogon also perform dances to entertain tourists.

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responded: Mar 31, 2010

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I am wearing two pieces of award-winning masi expertly tied and pleated to create a dress. Masi (or tapa) is a raw cloth made from the bark of paper mulberry tree (Broussentia papyrifera) made and used across the South Pacific. It is traditionally worn by indigenous Fijians, the Taukei, by both men and women, during every important Fijian ceremony and special occasions. The different colours of masi reflect a person's rank in society. The masi in the photograph is masi kuvui or brown masi, which is used only by those of chiefly blood or those of high rank.

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