Watch how a Carnevale mask is made by one of the last real Venetian artisans

While we were busy getting lost in Venice, we stumbled into a small workshop and studio where a Venetian mask maker was busy working away, crafting some bold and beautiful masks in the traditional way.

We interrupted them and got to know Margarita, one half of the married duo behind Mistero Buffo (www.misterobuffomask.com ). While Venice is flooded with cheap imitation masks made en masse in factories elsewhere, Margarita and her husband are some of the few trained Venetian mask makers left creating theatrical, decorative and Carnevale masks by hand, using traditional techniques and papier mâché.

Margerita told us each mask is unique and never replicated. She also told us that each mask takes several days to produce, due to the many steps involved in the process.

Margerita was kind enough to take a break from her mask making and show us, step by step, how a Venetian mask is made. Check out the video below!

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Every year a blast! Carnival is one of the funniest times for us in “everyday hostel life”. Good mood, nice people, great parties and lots of fun – we love it as much as our guests love it!

Here’s a small selection of pics from our carnival parties, themed as „Sexy Nurse“ and „Toga-Party“. But beware: The people on the pictures are experienced carnival professionals – don’t try this at home. Anyway, we would love to see you at our carnival parties next year!

Find more pics on our wombats Facebook Fanpage!