In Ottana, Franco Maritato, an expert carver, is a dedicated artist who creates traditional local carnival masks, the caratza, tangible manifestations of the ancient tales and myths. Creating a caratza requires inspiration and listening skills, because "the ancestors send the vision of a man or animal's face, so that the sculptor was inspired to pick up the piece of wood so full of imagination and transform it with skilled strokes." Made of alder wood, carved and hand painted, these masks are artisan expressions of the highest quality, and very evocative.
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Piazza S. Antonio, 6, Ottana, NU, Italia - +39 346 2146234 - http://www.caratzas.info
Since 1993, the Teatro Agricolo cultural association has dedicated itself to the creation of leather masks used for the theater, but also for television and cinema. Everything starts with a wooden form. Every detail, from the excellent leather, to the brass clasps, up to the choice of copper for framing the inside, ensures that the […]
Brothers Sergio and Massimo Boldrin have been making masks for 35 years and have been running the shop at the foot of the Rialto bridge since 1984. Papier-mâché masks, which lead into a world populated with jesters and elves, characters of the Commedia dell’arte and Moons and Suns, covered with gold leaf and evocative of […]
Marcello Aversa’s passion for Neapolitan nativity scenes developed in the early eighties. At first, he adopted the traditional technique by using cork and wood, and then he found an outlet for his creativity in clay. He models his figurines in clay by using pins and little sticks, which look like finely carved sculptures. For some […]
Sorrento (NA)Folk Traditions
Judith Sotriffer makes old Val Gardena dolls: a tradition that was already going strong in the 1700s and disappeared in 1930. In Val Gardena the production of wooden toys is an established tradition. It is said that each family specialised in a toy. Judith’s father is a sculptor and carver of toys, but not dolls. […]