Here at Simply Masquerade we often get asked "what are Venetian masks made from? Well.....Masquerade masks have been made in Venice, Italy for over 1000 years and there are many mediums that are currently being used to create the masks. Traditionally paper mache is used because it is light, comfortable and does not become humid on the person who wears it. Whilst some of our range is still paper mache the work intensive methodology used means paper mache can be expensive (but is still worth it). These days many artisans are using alternatives to paper mache which are far less expensive like paper mache pulp with plaster. Some modern masks are made from filigree metal (which are stunning & light) and others which are not designed to wear can be ceramic.