Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Bauta mask for Bal di Carnivale

Another post about my preparations for GBACG's Bal di Carnivale on February 8th in San Jose.  Tickets still available!

The Bauta is one of the oldest Venetian mask styles. Although worn mostly by men, it was allowed to be worn by all citizens. Paintings by Pietro Longhi, such as The Ridotto, painted in the 1750s, show both men and women wearing the Bauta.
The Ridotto by Pietro Longhi, 1750s Venice

The Bauta is worn with a short cape an a tricorn hat. Hal sculpted his simplified leather Bauta at the GBACG leather mask workshop.  It is made of vegetable tanned leather that is dampened and then sculpted by hand. When the leather dries it retains to sculpted shape.

The paintings by Pietro Longhi provide a number of details for the hood construction. They appear to be of two pieces, one an opaque hood over the face and head down the neck, and then a longer lace drape to about the elbows.

To come up with a pattern I draped muslin over my willing victim and then added the mask and tricorne.  I then used a felt time marker to draw where I thought the cutting lines should be.  The bauta specifically doesn't cover the mouth to allow a person to speak and eat unimpeded.

The first cut was way too large

Some subsequent strips made the opening much smaller.  The too large hole gaped open in an oval rather than retaining a rectangular shape.
And some pictures of the final garment.  The hood is made of a light weight black silk taffeta and the drape is synthetic lace.

1 comment:

  1. Oh I wish I could afford to go to the Bal. But I'll just look forward to the pictures. I can't wait to see your final costume.