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  • Carved masks at a carnival parade in Elzach
    Carved masks at a carnival parade in Elzach ©TMBW/Mende
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Handcarved masks for carnival.

The weird and wonderful scenes of the Alemannic fasnacht carnival are dominated by the elaborate costumes and grimacing wooden masks of the witches and devils that parade the streets. These masks are hand-made by professional mask carvers, who still practise their craft in many towns in the region today. They lovingly carve intricate facial features and shape the mask to the face of its wearer. You can watch mask carvers at work at the Vogtsbauernhof Open Air Museum in Gutach (Schwarzwaldbahn train line).

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