Colourful painted masks were the first thing that caught my attention in Sri Lanka. During my visit there, I saw them often and in innumerable shapes and colors.
After talking to a few locals, we figured out that its a popular craft of Sri Lanka and traditionally made for one of their folk dance forms. Some of these masks depict evil and some are characters from stories told through the dance.
Our curiosity led us to a mask museum and then two workshops while driving through the coastal road. It was quite exciting to see the craft in process and a huge collection of masks depicting so many different emotions.