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Noel Corbin, Valley Village, CA: During the last week in March while watching the news, I began making ruffle facemasks from the comfortable cotton blend fabric I had in my home. As people started requesting to purchase my facemasks after sharing on social media, I ordered Ankara (West African) fabric and fashion fabrics to create even more facemasks. Both materials are breathable and comfortable to wash, while the patterns are bright and fun. Each of my ruffle facemasks represents fashion and culture. As a designer, I have a responsibility to use my skills to create products that cover the body, providing safety while also making people feel good. Something as simple as a ruffle makes me feel like I am putting on a fashion accessory, not just a pandemic mandatory item.

Masks as Identity

Expressing Identity through Masks

Many people submitted masks to the Autry’s Collecting Community History Initiative (CCHI): The West During COVID-19. The museum highlighted the diversity of the masks across the West on the Autry Collecting Community History Initiative blog. Each facemask offers glimpses into how individuals are expressing their identities even during the pandemic.

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If you would like to share your work, please submit it to the Autry's Collecting Community History Initiative: The West During COVID-19. https://autry.formstack.com/forms/collecting_community_history_initiative

We will be highlighting some of these different objects, images, and experiences on our blog, The Autry Files. In the case of photographs of physical objects, please note that—at some point in the future—we may get in touch with you to see if you would be interested in donating the objects to our collections!

 


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