Clothing the Pandemic

A Virtual Exhibition of COVID-19 Face Masks from Around the World

Mask embroidered in Abra style

This comes from the first lot of embroidered masks made by the Revival Dye association in the Itneg community in Peñarrubia, Abra. The Itneg are known for their embroidery with lizards, fingers, rice and stars that serve as traditional symbols of good luck and abundance. However, in 2020 their traditional source of income from weaving was disrupted. During the lockdown, young children, mothers and their husbands made face masks from the rolls of unsold fabric which were sold online and reached Baguio City through the artisans’ fair organized by the University of the Philippines Baguio. These masks had become popular, as the entire community already were engaged in the making of these facemasks as a source of income.

Revival Dye, Philippines


Designed in Peñarubia, Abra

Made in Peñarubia, Abra

Handwoven polyester threads; hand embroidered

Museo Kordilyera


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