Creating Steampunk masks requires a long and precise process divided into several steps. Discover our special handmade collection.
During our demonstrations, we not only tell you the history of how Venetian craftsmanship mask are born, but, using the multi-year experience of our masters and collaborators, we will show you how a mask is created with the various stages of craftsmanship.
An experiential manual work where you can discover tradition. When you dirty your hands, you can discover how beautiful and precious your decoration is.
When we think about the word “mask”, we imagine carnival or the plays of the Commedia dell’Arte. However, since ancient times, a lot of different cultures have used masks in funerary rituals too. The use of masks as a cover of the deads’ faces is a very ancient habit...
Cartonnage, the papier mache ancestor, was used 5000 years ago, and comes from Ancient Egypt.What does cartonnage stand for? How was it used?
The Academy awards, which took place at the Dolby Theatre in LA, filled us with great joy. For the Kartaruga staff the most important award was the Oscar for the best costumes, that has been given to Jenny Beavan for the costumes of the movie “Mad Max: Fury Road”,...
In the Native American culture, eagle feathers were worn by warriors – whose bravery was shown by the number of feathers their headgears had – and symbolized what protected eagles, the sun rays and, as a consequence, their energy. Also the Inca and Maya civilizations used feathers to create the masks they used during their sacred rituals.
In Europe, also thanks to baroque and rococo fashion and their hats full of fluttering feathers – like those worn by Louis 14th -, feathers became the symbol of vanity and a courting means.
With this collection of mask made with feathers, therefore, Kartaruga combines the Venetian tradition and other cultures, showing one more time that the mix between different elements, if done wisely, creates richness and beauty.
Personally selected by Jan Harlan, executive producer of Eyes Wide Shut, this collection is now associated to Kubrick’s film, even if it dates back to the 1980’s.
African cultures consider masks as the mirror of the spirit: they hide the physical appearance in order to show who you are, deep inside. For this reason, they take human or animal appearances, getting from them the virtues that they symbolize. Animals become,...
Brought from the East, silk have been fascinating the Romans since the 1st century b.C. Europe, however, had to wait until the first half of the 6th century A.D. before being able to produce its own silk fabrics from silkworms.