In his Ottana laboratory, Franco Maritato preserves ancient local traditions, expressed in the production of caratzas, traditional carnival masks, tangible objects with stories and myths. The creation of a caratza is a ritual, the projection of an image that requires inspiration and heartfelt affection for one's own origins. Franco Maritato, a skilled carver, chose to devote himself exclusively to the creation of Ottana traditional masks, with instinctive skills and memories of local identity in contemporary contexts. His appreciated masks are addressed to an audience sensitive to the charm of the island and the high quality of manufacturing.
Franco Maritato's masks are charming and charismatic, inspired by the ancient Carnival of Ottana: sos boes, zoomorphic representations of various animals such as oxen, pigs, donkeys, deer, moufflons; sos merdùles, anthropomorphic masks, herdsmen who dominate animals. Carved and painted by hand with accurate technical expertise, the precious artefacts, faithful to tradition, can be worn and otherwise siplayed as decorative elements of strong visual impact.
Made of alder wood, carved, sculpted and decorated by hand, these masks feature decorative motifs inspired by the symbolism typical of the local carving. Sos boes, zoomorphic masks, are carved with chisels, gouges and knives; sos merdùles are sculpted by frightening faces, are black and free from any kind of decoration.
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