The Binche Carnival is the most famous carnival event in Belgium. There is evidence of Binche Carnival since 1395, when people used to meet around a bonfire the day of Marti Gras to celebrate the winter’s end, but the Carnival as we know it today goes back to 1500.
The traditional character is the “Gille”, a peasant mask, worn by everyone in Marti Gras and that costume is totally handmade.
The video shows the creation of the little branches that are part of the costume of Gille. The artisan in the video explains that he first decides which branches he wants to use. Then, he puts together the branches in order to form a little bunch. The artisan explain that the branches are an essential accessory for the character of Gille.