M. Schwartz & Gettinger Feather Inc. has years of experience providing wholesale ostrich feathers and plumes to customers across the country. Ostrich feathers are also called carnival feathers, because they are bright, colorful, and great for carnivals. We are a family-owned wholesale feather business that was founded in 1910 and have a 15,000 square foot warehouse that is filled with fancy feathers.
Our feathers have a great many uses, including being used in masquerade masks and in carnivals. This sort of feather has a long and storied history and has popped up in various ways throughout the years. Carnivals have taken on various meanings, but feathers have been a part of the festivities throughout.
Carnival Feathers Used For Masks
The idea of the masks with carnival feathers began centuries ago with the introduction of masquerade balls, in which all who attend wear masks and costumes. The Carnival of Venice in particular is a famous annual event in Italy where similar masks are prominent. And over the years, these masks have evolved and developed in countries around the world. All putting their own style and flavor to the masks.
Popular Types of Masks
Carnival Feathers have been used in masks for centuries. Below are a few of the popular types of masks that have been used around the world:
- Medico della Peste
One of the masks that are usually decorated with feathers is the Columbina. While it doesn’t cover the entire face, there are usually gems and ostrich plumes attached. The original idea for this mask came from a character in an Italian theater who did not want to cover her entire face. A less stunning looking mask, though recognizable, is the Medico della Peste. This is the one known for the large, beak-like nose. Prior to use in masquerades, it was first used by a doctor in the 17th century to protect himself from airborne diseases. Zanni is another face-covering with a long nose. The Volto (or "larva") mask is basically simple and white, though is usually embellished with paint, gemstones, feathers or plating. A similar mask is the Moretta. Though it is black and is not normally seen with any ostrich feathers. It was traditionally held in place by the mouth.
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M. Schwartz & Gettinger Feather Inc. is a trusted supplier and distributor of a wide range of feathers. In our warehouse, we have a great selection of carnival feathers that are popular for a wide range of applications. All of our feathers are available at a wholesale rate and can be shipped around the country. If you're interested in any of our feathers and would like more information, please contact us today. If you are interested in these sorts of feathers for your next party or craft project, please give us a call at 631-234-7722 today. We will answer any questions or concerns you may have about any of the feathers featured on our site.