Over the years we have tried most mask making materials papier-mache, latex, neoprene, leather and many more. By far the best is leather it is also the most expensive there are two or three mask shops in Venice that sell the finest leather masks. We have spent hours looking round most of the mask workshops in Venice. If you have an interest in masks it is a place you must visit. One high quality leather mask can cost £600 pounds and they are worth every penny.
The first masks we made were papier-mache they looked great but did not hold up well to multiple workshops.
Plastic masks offer the best mix of qualities and if you look after them they will last many years.