I was walking around the Orang Asli kampung (aboriginal village) in Carey Island looking for a Mah Meri artisan. Many of the craftsmen were in London for some Tourism Board exhibition last week.
Finally found Atan busy chipping away outside his house. The friendly Orang Asli explained that each mask takes him about a month to make. It is sculptured out of a single piece of mangrove timber. He laments that wood of this size is increasingly hard to find in the nearby swamps.