A novelty amongst venetian masks are laser cut metal masks, reinventing the traditional venetian masks made from papier mache. These new luxury masks come in a wide variety of shapes and colors and are made from very thin, bendable but yet robust metal. Often, the more expensive ones are decorated with sparkling rhinestones, creating beautiful masks some see as wearable art because of their elegant design. Due to being very lightweight, these masks can be worn comfortably and are attached to the head by satin ties. Thus, those venetian style masks are perfect for any masquerade ball or high-end costume party.
Even though china imported plastic masks made seem to oust the venetian originals from the numerous souvenir shops in Venice: The traditional hand-made venetian masks are still in high demand. This is due to the fact that most often there is a huge difference in terms of quality and authenticity between the chinese copies and the small pieces of art made by venetian craftsman. In the past as well as today, these masks are sought-after not only in Venice, but all around the world. Venetian masks are usually worn for a range of occasions, with carnival probably the best known.