Each of our traditional Bhutanese masks has its meaning;
The four dignities are:
Tiger - Tak in Dzongkha
Snowlion - Seng in Dzongkha
Garuda - Kyung in Dzongkha
Dragon - Druk in Dzongkha
Garuda is a horned bird-like mythical creature, is the ruler of the skies, symbolising fearlessness and strength.
To make these delicate crafts is a complex process; the native pinewood has to be dried naturally for several months. Afterwards, the artisan starts to shape the rough form of the mask and then proceed with the precision carving of the contours and details. Finally, the masks are painted in several steps according to a given specification by painters.