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Travel Theme: On Display

The Travel Theme on Ailsa’s blog  this week is On Display. Here are a few clicks of interesting Venetian masks.

Venice mask vendor

On display in the shops of Venice’s vivid streets are some brilliant indigenous products – glass from Murano, lace from Burano, marbled paper, charming beads, and gorgeous leather-bound stationery. But it is the varicolored carnival masquerade masks that stand out with their unique mystique.

venetian-masks

Little souvenir shops selling these masks are littered all around Venice. Some sell machine-made pieces in garish hues but there a few that are still committed to traditional handmade papier-mâché. They can also be made in leather, porcelain or with the original glass technique.

Venetian mask

Masks are an integral part of the carnival celebrations that dates back to the 13th century. Covering the face with masks in public in those days was a uniquely Venetian response to  rigid class hierarchies.

The carnivals would last so long that it was possible for some to spend a fair amount of the year in disguise :-). Eventually, the wearing of masks in daily life was restricted.

Venice mask and souvenirs shop

This is my favorite shop from where I bought my souvenirs. I don’t remember its name or whereabouts as I was rather lost by the time I got to it :-)

15 comments on “Travel Theme: On Display

  1. Renard Moreau
    October 13, 2012

    [ Smiles ] I LOVE the colourful masks!

    Your photographs are marvelous!

    • Deepali
      October 13, 2012

      Thanks a lot, Renard. So glad you liked em and stopped by :-)

  2. Jo Bryant
    October 13, 2012

    Masks…i love masks…great shots Deepali

  3. Sunshine
    October 14, 2012

    Beautiful. :)

  4. Stephen Kelly Creative
    October 14, 2012

    awesome!!!

  5. The Retiring Sort
    October 14, 2012

    Beautiful post – these masks are amazing!

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  7. ioanna aggelidaki
    October 14, 2012

    I love the pictures, they are so colorful, but i can’t say i really like masks…. they give me the chills…. :-S

    • Deepali
      October 15, 2012

      Thanks, Ioanna and I so agree, they are pretty from a distance but I wud not want to wear a mask..a lil creepy, that :-)

  8. restlessjo
    October 14, 2012

    My daughter is honeymooning in Venice in February so there will definitely be a few “masques” about. She’s been collecting these for years.

    • Deepali
      October 15, 2012

      That’s wonderful, Jo! Congrats on your daughter’s wedding. Wishing her a very happy life ahead and she’ll surely have a great time in Venice as she likes these :-)

  9. Deborah - d.mooncrab
    October 19, 2012

    Wow, the masks are beautiful!

    • Deepali
      October 20, 2012

      Thanks, Deborah. Glad you stopped by.

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