THE ONE SPOT TO BUY FABULOUS MASKS


The mask I have on is very special…

This is a limited edition copy of the mask Nicole Kidman wore in the movie “Eyes Wide Shut”.  The shop I visited in Venice made the actual mask for that movie and many more.kartaruga maskKartaruga makes traditional paper mache masks in every style from elegant gold and white…kartaruga maskTo this amazing flaming red piece!Kartaruga MaskThe owner of the shop explained to me that Venetians first wore masks around 800 AD when there were few rich people and many poor. Wearing masks helped the wealthy keep the society peaceful because masks made everyone the same. Then during the Enlightenment, when the Venetians threw wild parties and “Casanova” was popular, masks were a way of hiding while doing things Venetians didn’t want everyone to see.Kartaruga masksMask making almost ended with the decline of the Venetian culture in the late 1800’s and made a comeback only 40 years ago.

Today the masks are gorgeous!  And a Kartaruga mask is prized.MASK SILVERFrom fierce…

Kartaruga maskTo fanciful…MASK BLUETo this fabulous blue that I may have to order, if you are looking for a mask for any occasion I would first look at Kartaruga.  Their prices are surprisingly inexpensive for the quality and they ship worldwide.

Watch how I transform into a Venetian of the “Casanova” era in this video:

 

Hope you enjoyed this little piece of Venice,

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Jane McGarry is an award-winning TV news anchor, reporter and television personality. She currently co-hosts WFAA-TV's popular morning news and entertainment show "Good Morning Texas" and is President of Jane McGarry Media, on camera coaching and media training. Click here for her complete bio.


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