We quite often get asked the question "How did they make Venetian masks"? So we thought we would help by answering it here...
Well, Masquerade masks have been made in Venice, Italy for over 1000 years and there are many mediums that are currently being used to create the masks.
Traditionally paper mache is used because it is light, comfortable and does not become humid on the person who wears it. Whilst some of our range is still paper mache the work intensive methodology used means paper mache can be expensive (but we feel it is still worth it). These days many artisans are using alternatives to paper mache which are far less expensive like paper mache paste with plaster (Tempur). Some modern masks are made from beautiful filigree metal (which are stunning & light and can come in gold, silver, white & of course black) and others which are not designed to wear can be ceramic.
The masks in our "designer mask" section are made from handlaid paper strips and of course are beautiful and quite rare.
I hope this helps & if you have anything else you would like to know just ask.