The mask, in fact, is the ever-present element of my hometown Carnival. They are work of art of very talented and creative Venetian craftsmen and the beauty and the variations of the masks and the costumes that you see in Venice is incredible.
The mask in Venice was so important because it was offering the illusion to everybody that they could be whoever they wanted to be while in Venice. In Venice you were able to be free.
THE VOLTO (or LARVA)
Meaning face’ this was a white mask of fine wax cloth with a protruding topology that gave it a three-dimensional, beaklike appearance when viewed from the side.
It was therefore more comfortable to wear than other varieties, and its simple design, usually accompanied by a three-cornered hat and cloak so as to increase the aura of mystery, made it a very common feature of the Carnival over the centuries.
Also called "Larva", with the possible meaning of "ghost", as it gives an eerie appearance to the people wearing it, just imagine ... at night, under a full moon ... in those narrow streets ...
Originating in France this mask was mysterious and intriguing: these were probably the reasons of so much success of this mask in Venice. The Moretta, (meaning "Dark", because of its color) was used by women only. It was an oval mask layered with black velvet often complemented by a similarly black veil.
This mask covered the entire face and required the wearer to clasp a small bit between their teeth to keep it secure. This prevented the wearer from talking, yet such muteness tended to add to the mask’s enigmatic allure
The forced silence to which these women were forced especially pleased the male counterparts. It’s said that the Venetian women were known for being too talkative and opinionated.
The mask was also rather uncomfortable, but that's the way fashion has always been.