Kartaruga

Papier-mâché masks

Kartaruga

Papier-mâché masks

"Wearing a mask means crossing the threshold of time and entering the Venice of the Serenissima, through a real artistic object that evokes the same atmosphere."


The meaning of the name Kartaruga is to be found in the combination of the folds of papier-mâché and the marble coat of arms in the shape of a turtle on the facade of the first historical workshop of Franco Cecamore, a craftsman since 1985. In addition to the typical shapes for the Venetian Carnival, an important part of Kartaruga's work includes supplies for the commedia dell'arte and other types of shows including theater and cinema. Among the most famous and original are those made for Cirque du Soleil and for the film 'Eyes Wide Shut' by Stanley Kubrik, who entrusted a pool of Venetian mask-makers to produce pieces that have become international icons of great success. In addition to the Kartaruga Gift Shop in Calle della bissa, a tiny space where you can find a wide variety of masks at the right price and Kartaruga Atelier in Calle del Paradiso with the workshop for mask making courses, in Calle della Bande not far from Rialto you will also find the Canovaccio, a special place Kartaruga dedicated to masks and their creation, a shop-showroom to tell and pass on the importance of mask making in Venice. Alongside the traditional and successful creations, today Francesca Cecamore, Franco's daughter, also combines innovative and niche productions such as those in Steampunk style.

Kartaruga di Francesca Cecamore


Castello 5756-5758, calle paradiso
348 4445007

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