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Treasures from Venice



On two recent trips to Venice, my parents have brought back these delightful little mask for my daughter. We hope to continue to add to this little collection...
The Carnival tradition in Venice can be traced back to the 14th century. During Carnival -Venetian people used to wear fancy dresses and elaborate masks. Carnival as you may know, is the time of year to let loose -party and feast before the fast of Lent. During this time the streets of Venice become full of people in masks. Of course, in days gone past (and maybe today too), the reason which made them dress up and conceal their faces was the most obvious one: they did not want to be recognized.
I hope you enjoy these little masks as much as I do :-)

24 comments:

xinex said...

What a neat collection! Very pretty sand colorful..Christine

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Pretty masks! My sister used to collect them, she eventually gave all of them away to her daughters.

Katherine

Mimi said...

Gorgeous masks!

~Melody @ 6 Feet Over~ said...

I love it! My aunt collected masks. I used to love to hear all the stories about where they came from.

~melody~

Maryrose said...

Oh how fun and great histroy. You have a darling blog and I love that you named it after your daughter. Thanks for visiting and I shall be back.

Carrie said...

What a lovely and timely post...thanks for the information on the Venetian festivities!

Marianne@Songbird said...

I have been to Venice and we have Carnaval too, I have never seen carnaval in Venice though. Maybe one day. Enjoy your masks.

gina said...

GORGEOUS!


Disney Vacations does an Italian family getaway in which you can take a class at a local Venetian artist's shop and creat your OWN mask. Maybe something to look into for her collection. :)

panamamama said...

What fun! Very pretty.

Frenchy chick said...

Very pretty! I love Italy. I always wanted to go to Venice but never made it that far. I love that you wrote about the Carnival.
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bunny, The Paris House Designs said...

Hi, your masks are stunning, such a lovely gift brought back from your parents. Your daughters must really cherish them!
Venice is one of my favorite places in the world, I love it so much I teach a workshop on it.
xoxo
Have a great weekend, and thanks for visiting, I enjoy your comments

dee dee said...

What sweet masks! Thanks for the wonderful background information!
Dee Dee

Maria @BOREDmommy said...

They are fantastic - great for a little girl's room

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!

Shelle said...

Beautiful masks! What a great collection to start!

Happy SITS Saturday!

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Pam said...

Wonderful masks. Thanks for sharing their story.

Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

What a great tradition! Happy PS!

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M said...

Beautiful!! I hope you daughters cherish those!

She'sSewPretty said...

Those are gorgeous masks. My best friend collects them too. Have a wonderful weekend. I read that you are from San Francisco. My aunt lived on Cayuga street for years and I would get to visit her during the summer. It is my favorite city!

Betsy (zen-mama.com) said...

You'll have to go to Venice someday. It's beautiful, even if a little crowded. By San Fran...now that's a beautiful place. Happy SITs Sharefest!!

Herself said...

Happy Pink! Thanks so much for stopping by my place! It's fun to meet new bloggers! Blessings.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh My Goodness...
These masks are just beautiful. I adore them, and the history behind them is just beautiful. I imagine your parents have some beautiful pictures of people out in the parades an all.

What a wonderful collection for your sweet daughter to have. You could take her room in so many directions around them. They are so colorful.

Thank you for sharing today. I feel like I have gone to Venice through your eyes. Thank you.

Have a beautiful Sunday sweetie.
Country hugs...Sherry

KiraAJ said...

i use to collect masks like this b4 i moved to the states :) i wonder if my parents still have them! I had over 30 different ones all gorgeous and different face shape and sizes they r so pretty :)

Sarah said...

Oh, I did enjoy these little masks. Venice is still on my list of places to visit. Thanks for sharing.