The profession of mask making was founded in Venice, Italy in April 1436 by the "Masters of the Painters Guild". These masks are the work of Franco, the Premiere Master Mask maker of Venice. The artist presses papier mache into molds and coats the mask with plaster. He then applies a second layer of papier mache, lines the back of the mask with gauze and places it in an oven to stiffen it. Finally, he trims the edges and hand paints the result. This tradition of hand crafting masks has remained unchanged for hundreds of years. The quality and design are unsurpassed and only the best materials are used. From little brass bells to exotic feathers, the end result is truly a fine piece of art. Each mask comes with a Si Lucia hang tag and is proudly marked "Made In Italy".