Material exploration and the final product

Hello everyone, so glad that you came back to see what I did with the sketch I selected.

It was a great experience working on the material swatches, using different material and observing how different one sketch can look if made with different material.

I used two material to make my swatches.



Both the swatches gave a complete different look for each other.img_8816.jpg

After this we were asked to make the prototype of our final product. I had few ideas about my final product. I thought my swatches would look great if they got printed on tshirts or laptop bags.untitled

This was the end to my design process. I hope you enjoyed it as much as i did and learned something. Do tell in the coments what you feel about my journey. Will see you guys soon with more exiting blogs. keep following.

byee until next time.


Visual exploration

Inspiration boards helped a lot in creating a path to our final product.

It was important for us to draw and doodle our own motifs, patterns, products etc on our own.

I did a little visual exploration related to my topic with the help of my essence. This visual exploration helped me to build my material swatches.

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This was the final sketch i decided to work with for my material swatches and product.


The next blog is going to be about my material swatches and my product prototype. I hope you wouldn’t want to miss the last and the final step of this journey. Do visit again.


Inspiration board

Welcome back fellas, today we are going to talk about the inspiration board which we derived from our information.

To make the Inspiration board we are asked to think about five things that attracted us the most about our respective topics.

My words were-


Mythical creatures

Dots and lines


Culturally rich

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 Every picture in the board defines a quality that inspired me.

Later I started working on my essence, which was expression. According to me, the eyes were the main reason which made the mask express.

Come back to see what I did with the essence. Hope you will like it. Till then byee byee

Sub-categories of african mask

Hello everyone. So great to see you guys back on the blog. You will definitely get what you came back for. As I mentioned in the previous blog, today we are going to discuss about the types of African masks and there importance.

Mainly there are sixteen sub-categories of tribal African masks.

Baule mask, Biombo mask, Bwa mask, Dan mask, Goma mask, Kota mask, Kwele mask, Ligbi mask, Lulua mask, Lwalwa mask, Pende mask, Punu mask, Senufo mask, teke mask, Woyo mask and Yohure mask.untitled

All of them are different from each other and has unique symbolism.

We are going to discuss four of the masks mentioned above. Let’s get started.


Baule Mask



This type of African mask is a Baule mask which is also known as a Goli mask. It is used in tribal dances during harvest festivals, in processions to honour distinguished visitors and at the funerals of important figures.
The circular face represents the life-giving force of the sun and the horns symbolize the great power of the buffalo. The mask is made of wood with two holes cut into the eyes to enable the wearer to see. The rectangular mouth is also typical of this type of mask.

The Baule are farmers who populate the eastern side of the Ivory Coast. They are part of the Akan people, one of the largest ethnic groups in West Africa, who dwell in both Ghana and the Ivory Coast.



Biombo Mask

Biombo masks are usually carved from wood and colored with red “tukula” powder, a dye made from the camwood tree.

The eyes are a typical coffee bean shape. A triangular checkerboard design is used to decorate the eyebrows and the planes of the face.

The three forms at the back of the head represent the Biombo hairstyle. Feathers are often attached to the top of Biombo masks.

Biombo masks are usually worn during tribal rituals and ceremonies.

The Biombo live south of the inter-section of the Lulua and Kasai rivers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Bwa Mask


Bwa masks are believed to possess special powers which are controlled by those who wear them.

These masks are plank shaped with a circular face at one end and a crescent moon at the other.

Their wearer looks through a hole in the mouth. The eyes are based on an owl and the hooked nose comes from the hornbill. Both these birds are thought to possess magical powers.

The plank section is decorated with geometric patterns which are an essential design element in many African masks and carvings. Geometric pattern creates an external rhythm which echoes the internal spiritual energy of the artwork. It can also be used as a coded language where the design communicates secret knowledge to those in the know.

The designs on this Bwa Mask, which is used to celebrate boys’ initiation into adulthood, represent information about the myths and morality that the boys must learn before they can be accepted into adult society.

The Bwa are a farming community who come from Mali and Burkina Faso. Masks are only made by those who live in the southern parts of their territory.



Dan Mask


Dan masks have a typically high forehead, pouting mouth and pointed chin. They may also have scarification marks like the line that splits the forehead and nose in our example above. Dan masks are carved in wood and stained with a brown dye.

Dan masks are sacred objects. Dan masks are used for protection and as a channel for communication with the spirit world. The Dan also carry small ‘passport masks’ for personal protection when they are living away from home.

The Dan believe that their world is split into two domains: the human domain which is represented by the village and its people, and the spiritual domain which is represented by the forest and its spirits. When a dancer wears a Dan mask he becomes the spirit of that mask. A masked dancer will speak in the language of the spirits and his words are interpreted by a wise man.

Some dancers perform masked rituals on stilts. There are many different Dan masks, each of which has a distinct use during rituals or festivals. Some masks play an important part in tribal rites while others are simply for entertainment.

Dan masks are guarded by the go master, the head of the secret society of the leopard who are responsible for the initiation rites of young men into adulthood.

The Dan are hunters and farmers whose territory stretches from the western side of the Ivory Coast into Liberia.


These are some of the basic African mask. A lot of information has already been discussed. Wait for the next blog to know what we do with it. Stay tuned.


History of Tribal African mask

Welcome back to False Face everyone. This blog is going to very interesting as it is all about African masks. If you liked the previous blogs you are going to love this too. African masks have a lot of interesting history behind them.


African Tribal Masks by JustinBowen



One of the fundamental attributes of culture of African people groups is utilization of masks in customs and services. It is trusted that the earliest masks were used as a part of Africa before Paleolithic time. They speak to spirits of creatures or ancestors, legendary saints, moral qualities or a type of respecting of a man typically. They are produced using wood, earthenware, textiles, copper and bronze. Subtle elements could be produced using animal teeth, hair, bones and horns, seashells and even straw and egg shells. Producer of the masks has a high rank in the town since it is trusted that he has a contact with a soul world and making masks is an art go down in the family.

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African masks are most ordinarily formed like a human face or a gag of some animal. Masks are exceptionally adapted on the grounds that African societies recognize external look of something and its quintessence. These covers are made to speak to a unique subject, which clarifies stylization. Animals are visit subject of African craft of mask making. They speak to the soul of an animal and one that bears the mask, turns into that animal himself which takes into consideration correspondence with that animal, for example to request that animal to avoid the town. In different cases animal is an image of righteousness. The most widely recognized animal that is spoken to with mask are wild ox, hyena, sell, crocodile and pronghorn. Antelope is a standout amongst the most broadly utilized animal mask. It symbolizes horticulture and is worn to empower better crops. Horns speak to development of millet, legs foundations of the plants while ears speak to tunes that ladies sing in the collect time. Masks are at times made with points of interest from various animals and afterward they speak to some ethicalness. For example, to speak to the power, covers are made to have pronghorn horns, crocodile teeth and teeth of a warthog. Mask speaking to qualities can likewise be of human shape. Mask speaking to smoothness and tolerance has half-shut eyes, one having little mouth and eyes speak to lowliness while mask that speaks to wisdom has a wide protruding forehead. Mask with a vast chin speaks to power and quality.

One more topic for African masks is female face made by perfect of ladylike excellence. While masks of a few tribes have bosoms and fancy scars some other have almond molded eyes, bended eyelashes, thin chin and trimmings. This is considered as characteristics of magnificence in females for their individual tribes. Wearing of these female masks is held for men.


Mask that speak to ancestor are most ordinarily formed as a human skull. They are utilized as a part of different functions as witnesses, dead tribal defenders from which endorsement is asked or as subjects to whom regards are paid.


Mask is worn by an artist that then gets to be “conveyor” of the soul of the mask, a kind of a medium between the tribe and a soul. This stupor like state is refined with a particular music and a move. Functions as weddings, start rituals and funerals have a masked dance.  

In next blog, we are going to talk about types of african mask. I hope that will be an interesting topic to discuss on. Stay tuned to know more.


Hello everyone,

 So glad to see you guys back on FALSE FACE. It has been a really great start; everything till now has been very exciting and the ride is about to get even better now, as today we are going to talk about our main topic, MASK. So let’s get started.




 Eddie krassensitein | Aug 20, 2015 |3D design,3D painting| reterieved from:

Masks are objects that cover the face for many different reasons. A diverse range of material is used to prepare it, depending on the usage. Different masks are used for different purpose, for example: protection, disguise, masquerade, entertainment or ritual purposes. The oldest mask that was found is from 7000 BC, at that time masks were used for rituals and ceremonies. The art of making masks must be older, but the material used did not continue to exist, (leather and wood). The older masks are similar in appearance, but the style, usage and techniques used to make them are different. They can be found in different places of the world.



Views Of South AfricaMasks form a large part of Africa’s tribal culture (Mark Kolbe / Getty Images / Getty Images) / reterieved from:

In Africa, ritual masks have various uses .In West Africa; they help to communicate with ancestral spirits in ceremonies. Majorly used material is wood. Masks are made with great skills. Such masks are used in ritual masquerades of Edo, Yoruba and Igbo cultures. Animals are also used as an inspiration. In Africa, it is said that it helps to communicate to animal spirits of savannas and forests. Antelope is one of the most common masks. It symbolizes a farmer. Tribes make mask as symbol of different attributes.

I find mask and its history very interesting. I hope you guys do to. This was just an overview. For the real deal, you have to wait for the upcoming blogs. Hold on tight and keep reading.

Byee byee

The Dawn


Yes, I m learning new languages.

Welcome back everyone,

This semester in college we are given a very interesting project. To start with; we had to choose a topic from any Indian or international craft, folk art, tribal art, design movement or biomimicry. Then we were asked to collect data on the topics, initially most of us had 3 topics. Kintsugi, Matryoshka dolls and African Masks. Quite interesting, right? It was a lot of fun working on these topics.

–Kintsugi is the art of golden joinery. In Japan, broken pottery is considered bad. Hence, the craft was invented. Lacquer dust is mixed with powered gold and is used to repair the broken pottery.



–Matryoshka dolls are Russian dolls. It is a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside another.


–African masks are wooden masks. They are mostly inspired by animals, mythical creatures and human faces. African masks are culturally very rich. Minor elements of the masks may also have a great symbolism


African Tribal Masks by JustinBowen/retrieved from:


Finally, I chose African masks. I think it will be fun to learn about the stories behind different types of masks.