Mohini : A Shadow Puppet

I crafted this shadow puppet under the guidance of Ramchandra Pulavar and his family, who are Tholpavakoothu practitioners: puppeteers and puppet makers.

 

This is made from translucent goat skin and thread. The eye is the last to be carved, during the final prayers and offerings, for it is believed that it is in this moment that the puppet comes alive for the first time.


This character is named Mohini, and is a Kudakkaran: a clown.