Face mask - ROM2021_18125_26


Face mask

Medium:Aari embroidery and beads on cotton
Geography: Jaipur, India
Date: 2020
15 × 24.2 cm, strap length 38.5
Object number: 2021.27.11
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Not on view

For thousands of years, textile artisans in India have resiliently innovated to keep pace with demand, and to overcome adversity. During the global pandemic, many transferred their skills and designs to covid facemasks, creating beautiful objects that also promote local traditions and identities. They were supported and marketed by arts organizations such as the Kala Chaupal Trust, Dastkari Haat Samti, and Hands on Dastkar. For this mask, an embroiderer of the famous aari tradition in Rajasthan used chain stitches and beads to create a pair of dazzling peacocks. The mask simultaneously protects, allows the wearer to dress in style for formal occasions, and promotes this ancient craft.

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