Venetian masks are a centuries-old tradition.
The masks are typically
worn during the Carnival in Venice.
It is for hiding
the wearer's identity and social status.
The mask would permit
the wearer to act more freely,
when they wanted
to interact with other members of the society .
It was useful for
a variety of purposes, some of them illicit or criminal,
but others were
just personal, such as romantic encounters!!!!!!.
Full face masks are called Bauta and eye masks the Columbina.
One of the ugliest
Venetian masquerade masks is the 'Plague Doctor'.
It was worn to protect
him from airborne diseases.
The costume, originating
in the 17th century, consisted of an ankle length overcoat
and a bird-like
beak mask often filled with sweet or strong smelling substances,
along with gloves,
boots, a brim hat, and an outer over-clothing garment.
You can see a picture
of the mask in the window below.
Peter Pan Masks .. Santa
It is run by 3 Sisters. They
make and sell masks
mainly in the old papier-mâché
style. They also give lessons too.
(I have actually visited this
amazing shop )