About La Carla Masks
We at La Carla Masks Atelier consist of an artistic family team who started this exciting venture after falling in love with romantic Venice. While roaming its alleys for gifts, Carla discovered a Venetian mask shop and was blown away by their beauty. The irresistible love began for these exceptional party masks. Back in South Africa, Carla started this venture along with her daughter Charnelle. We where both eager to switch on our inspiration.
This decision would change our lives completely. Since 2007 we have custom designed over 35,000 unique carnival masks, which are couriered all over the world (30% exported). Now we live and work on the Garden Route near Plettenberg Bay where our mask studio is open to visitors. What can be better than having a chocolate fondue under our BIG tree while gazing over the Outeniqua mountains in the distance? We can truly say “We are living our dream.”
We must surely rate as one of South Africa’s more unlikely rurally-based entrepreneurial family businesses. We could not have asked for a better mother and daughter relationship, our connection through art is phenomenal. We are very creative and find our inspiration not only in our relationship but also when travelling around the world whenever we have the opportunity. In the end everything comes together in our studio where nodding ostrich plumes in every colour poke out of beer tasting glasses, beads, rhinestones, ribbons, lace and brocades in all the colours of the rainbow allow us to create magic. It’s an artisanal workshop with prosaic origins.
More than once it has been the clients who push our boundaries, which allows us to grow our repertoire. Our hand crafted Venetian masks are used for flamboyant balls, carnival events, theme parties, corporate events and functions but are also employed as pieces of art for interior decorating. We are committed to creating quality custom designed masks and showcasing them to the world.
Challenge us with your ideas! We would love to be of service to you.