In Brief

The bat costume is normally black or brown and fitted tightly over the masquerader’s body. The headpiece covers the head entirely, with the player being able to see through the mouth, or lifting it up to his forehead. During performance, the masquerader crawls, flaps, dances on his toes, and folds his wings in a series of choreographed movements, imitating those of the bat.

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Leather shoes with metal claws for toes are normally used. Ordinary shoes can also be adapted by attaching of long socks, metal claws and a second sole. The bat wings are made from wire and bamboo or cane, and are covered with the same cloth as the skin-fitting costume. These wings can extend to 12 or 15 feet, and the masquerader’s arms are fastened to them. Matching gloves complete the costume. There is a bat dance to go with the costume.

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