In the Native American culture, eagle feathers were worn by warriors – whose bravery was shown by the number of feathers their headgears had – and symbolized what protected eagles, the sun rays and, as a consequence, their energy. Also the Inca and Maya civilizations used feathers to create the masks they used during their sacred rituals.
In Europe, also thanks to baroque and rococo fashion and their hats full of fluttering feathers – like those worn by Louis 14th -, feathers became the symbol of vanity and a courting means.
With this collection of mask made with feathers, therefore, Kartaruga combines the Venetian tradition and other cultures, showing one more time that the mix between different elements, if done wisely, creates richness and beauty.
Personally selected by Jan Harlan, executive producer of Eyes Wide Shut, this collection is now associated to Kubrick’s film, even if it dates back to the 1980’s.
African cultures consider masks as the mirror of the spirit: they hide the physical appearance in order to show who you are, deep inside. For this reason, they take human or animal appearances, getting from them the virtues that they symbolize. Animals become, thus, the representation of human beings, showing their real self and their memories, mostly […]
Brought from the East, silk have been fascinating the Romans since the 1st century b.C. Europe, however, had to wait until the first half of the 6th century A.D. before being able to produce its own silk fabrics from silkworms.
The mask refers to the calm that will be needed in order to get the different passions and dramatic conditions; it does not include previous conflicts, it is available for any action.
According to Lecoq, the mask is what allows the actor to be anyone and feel any emotion, and the mask representing a neutral face is the best symbol of this neutrality. An example of this is Tom Cruise’s mask in Eyes Wide Shut: its expression, similar to that of Monna Lisa’s, confuses the observer with its enigmatic and – this time not subtle – smile.
However, the expression is not the only thing that decorates this collection by Kartaruga: from golden leaves to macramé lace, from stones to the craquelé technique, our Faces are enriched by fine decorations that provide the masks’ elegance with a touch of mystery.
«Theatre is the active reflection on the man on himself» – Novalis. The theatre is the first place where the man sees the product of his imagination. In order to do so, since ancient times theatre typifies its characters using masks, giving shape to human illusions and dreams.
For this reason, Kartaruga created a Fantasy collection that pays tribute to the representation of what is imaginary: a Sun and Moon with the warmth of gold; fairy tale characters; the Three-faces, a mythical and terrifying character with three faces. Like the Lucifer from the 34th canto of Dante’s Inferno and as every successful image, it can be associated to different meanings.