Zati is an Urdu word meaning "from the inside out" or "the spirit inside". Fiber artist Susan Barrett Merrill has been creating these masks for many years. The faces are woven flat with hand-spun wool. Facial features are created in the weave, using weft-wedging and other techniques, and sculpted into three-dimensional masks. The faces are then felted onto headdresses using soft Merino wool. Each mask is unique.
We are fortunate to have Susan as an exhibitor and demonstrator this year at the Fair. There is no other way to describe her work other than incredible. The faces of these mask are all woven and the headpieces are felted.