Papier Mache Art in Jacmel

Haiti remains the outstanding nation in terms of primitive art. The art industry in Haiti brings on board widely varied styles of painting.


One of the popular styles of art is Papier-mache. In making this, a wet surface is laid on a form. The surface is allowed to dry once the image is created. Distinctive colors are applied on the created image to add life and details. Haiti locals, artists and tourists have embraced this style of art.

Papier-mache has been used to create images for animals, vases, masks, political personalities etc.

Papier-mache masks are common in Jacmel, a town in the southern part of Haiti, three hour drive from Port Au Prince, Haiti capital. Jacmel was founded in 1698 and has been accepted as a World Heritage Site.

The town is recognized because of its handcrafted art. Jacmel Papier-mache masks are big and have a hollow back for ease when mounting on the wall. Locals mount these pieces of art in their living rooms to bring a livening spirit and cultural memories.

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Sheila says...

Hi, I purchased a mask with 3 horns and the horns are real. It is signed "Mario shop#12 Jacmel".

How would I go about finding the artist?

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