Krampus Mask Art by Sis has been soft sculpted with wool felt and embroidery threads all on a mask base. Mask sits on head with a felt cap and leather ties to insure stability yet a light long wear design. Cutouts are only on eyes with a felt lining to make more comfortable. Teeth are imported shell beads to add a bit of whimsical terror to Krampus. Sis is known for her whimsical wine bottle/puppet pieces and this is the first step into mask art.
In folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure described as “half-goat, half-demon”,] who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts. Krampus is one of the companions of Saint Nicholas in several countries including Austria, Bavaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, South Tyrol and parts of Northern Italy. The origin of the figure is unclear; some folklorists and anthropologists have postulated its pre-Christian origin.
In traditional parades and in such events as the Krampuslauf (English: Krampus run), young men dressed as Krampus participate; such events occur annually in most Alpine towns. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten. Source: Wikipedia