on July 13, 2007
When in New Orleans, one souvenir that comes to mind is a mask. These can be found at any tourist shop for under three dollars. But then again, you could go online and buy them in bulk at a party supply website. These are probably made in a foreign country, and not in New Orleans.For something truly special and original, check out The Mask Gallery at 636 Royal Street. No cheesy masks here. While there is a large selection of masks from Venetian artists imported from Italy, the real find here are the handmade leather masks made by local artist Dalili. Each piece is a one of a kind, taking several days to complete. Dalili is a true artist, making masks out of a single piece of leather, but looking like several pieces put together. Some are natural in color while others incorporated the purples, greens, and golds of Mardi Gras.Whenever I travel, I look for unusual art from that particular city or region. What better art than a mask from the home of Mardi Gras! Check out their website to view these works of art at www.neworleansmask.com. I purchased one similar to the "Life" mask, lea 222.
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