Franco Maritato lives and works in Ottana, a small town in the province of Nuoro, where he grew up surrounded by the values and traditions that have shaped and formed him. He is a real point of reference in the creation of ancient wooden masks called “Caratzas”, highly sought after by enthusiasts from all over the world.
Ottana is the undisputed homeland of the Barbagia carnival, here time stands still and throughout the month of February we pay homage to the carnival traditions that date back hundreds of years. The Ottana carnival has been a destination for tourists and onlookers from all over the world for many years. Ancient and mythological figures come to life during the events in which all fellow villagers participate with great enthusiasm.
How not to mention the “Merdules”, “Sa Filonzana” and various animal figures such as the “Boes” (Oxen), “Su Porcu” (Pig), “Su molente” (Donkey), “Su cherbu” (Deer) and ” Su Crapolu ”(Kid). The masks are made of wood, they are carved and decorated by hand, with extreme care and dedication. It is said, in fact, that making a “Caratza” is not a simple and immediate gesture, but requires transport and a real connection with the past and the history of the most remote Sardinia.
In fact, it is the ancestors who “send” the vision of the faces of men and animals. The craftsman must have a great ability to listen, to be able to “connect” with the roots of his land and skilfully scratch the wood.
We invite you to get to know this refined craftsman through his creations.