Venice-Carnival masks, black & white landscape photo
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The "bauta" is the typical venetian carnival mask; the traditional ones were either black or white. Only in recent past, the growing demand by tourists and visitors for more colourful masks has made craftsmans producing a wide variety of styles and shapes. An original handmade bauta can be quite expensive, though exclusive and distinctive. Thus chinese cheaper copies have made their way on cities giftshops and street markets.

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