Ca’ Macana

Masks and scenography

Ca’ Macana

Masks and scenography

"Rediscovering and revitalizing an ancient art, transforming a game into a real job has been a fantastic adventure. An adventure that still continues today with renewed passion."


The artisan workshop Ca' Macana Atelier has been creating and selling papier-mâché masks for the Venice Carnival since 1980. The name "Ca' Macana", which in Argentinian means good luck, derives from the acronym of the four original founders of the business that rediscovered the Venetian mask in the 1980s, which also includes Mario Belloni of Ca' Macana. Ca' Macana Atelier, on the other hand, is run by members of the Bassesco family: father Carlos, mother Carolina and son Filippo who continues the tradition. From the large papier-mâché sculptures of the father to the original and bizarre masks of the son, made with pieces of broken computer, the workshop renews the techniques of the Venetian tradition, also creating theatrical sets for cinema and various events. The store, located in Strada Nuova in Cannareggio, is chosen by many people looking for a handmade souvenir to remember Venice and its magic.


Cannaregio 1374, rio terà San Leonardo
041 718655

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