Clothing the Pandemic

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

Salmon skin face mask

In response to the pandemic Alaskan-based Tlingit Athabascan artist Crystal Worl explored the production of face masks that celebrated Indigenous North American culture, reflecting a long tradition of mask making. Crystal harvested the sockeye salmon used for the mask with her family and tanned the skin herself. While the skin was used for this mask, the fish meat provided a meal for her family ensuring that nothing was wasted. The mask evokes the interconnection between Indigenous peoples in Alaska and nature which feeds, clothes and protects.

Crystal Worl, USA


Designed in Juneau, Alaska, USA

Made in Juneau, Alaska, USA

Sockeye salmon skin, glass beading, gold bias tape, copper wire, carbon filter

National Museums Scotland


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