La Moretta, the mask of seduction
La Moretta, also known as Muta, was a small mask covered in black velvet, from which it takes its name because, in the Venetian dialect, "moro" means dark, black. Originally from France, it was reserved exclusively for women. It was initially used by ladies when visiting nuns in respectful silence, as it did not allow the wearer to speak, being held close to the face without the use of strings but by biting into a button located inside the mask. From this surprising detail comes the second name of this unique female accessory: the Wetsuit.
The Moretta or Muta became very popular among Venetian women especially between the 17th and 18th centuries, as hiding the face was considered a way to make themselves more attractive and mysterious.
At the same time, however, the ladies were rather uninhibited in showing off their bodies: the fashion of the time in fact envisaged a very generous but veiled 'Venetian' décolleté, which clearly allowed the shape of the breast to be glimpsed. The face was therefore the real treasure of a woman and considered as a mirror of her inner world, her feelings and intentions.
This frivolous but practical mask was considered one of the fundamental tools in the complicated game of seduction played in Venice: the suitor had to be so skilled as to convince the woman he loved to take off the mask! Obviously it was the lady herself who held the power, deciding how long to remain anonymous and silent before responding to the advances of the suitor.
Women were aware that by hiding behind the mask, as well as becoming wickedly seductive, they also became incredibly desirable, as her voice was considered an expression of her personality.
Take advantage of the next Venice Carnival to hide behind a Moretta and recreate this fascinating game of seduction! On our portal you can find many themed parties and dinners to relive the magic of this ancient festival wearing traditional Venetian clothes and masks!
Discover the Moretta version we also have the mold and the blank mask ready to decorate.