These Locally Woven Face Masks Are Perfect for Pride Month

PHOTO BY Anthill Fabric Gallery ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

( Face masks nowadays are as important a part of your outfit as a pair of pants and a shirt. Whether they're made of cloth, abaca, or paper, these scraps of material decrease your chances of getting infected by the novel coronavirus. Social enterprise Anthill Fabric Gallery takes things a little further in their newest face mask, which does not only provide protection from COVID-19 but also celebrates Filipino heritage aside from championing Pride. The limited-edition Pride Mask is available for sets of three (P999) on their website.

PHOTO BY Anthill Fabric Gallery

The washable Pride Mask features the Kantarines weave, a design best known for its stripes in various widths, colors, and combinations, and made by local weavers from Bangued, Abra. According to Anthill, the mothers of Mang Abel Ti Abra shared that when they started weaving rainbow hues outside their traditional colors in 2013, it brought them joy. "Nakakatuwa po ang mga kulay. Nagbibigay saya."

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Production partners from Mang Abel Ti Abra
PHOTO BY Anthill Fabric Gallery

The Pride Mask is upcycled from scrap fabric from production waste, and follows standard face-mask safety requirements: full coverage of nose and mouth and a pocket lining for a filter. Each mask helps keep their production partners afloat amid the ongoing quarantine, most especially their local weavers from Luzon to Mindanao.


For more information, visit Anthill Fabric Gallery's website.

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