In collaboration with ANTHILL Fabric Gallery, The Entree.Pinays are proud to have these handwoven, reusable, ethically made masks available for purchase in Australia. This collaboration has benefited the indigenous weaving community in the Philippines who are greatly affected by the current pandemic.
ANTHILL stands for Alternative Nest and Trading /Training Hub for Indigenous or Ingenious Little Livelihood.
"Our ancestors considered our Philippine weaves our second skin. It is heart-woven to represent our story, our heritage and our way of life. Our purpose is to celebrate our culture and preserve this living tradition by providing enabling environments that will support sustainable livelihood. At ANTHILL, we work to rethread the tapestry that connects us to the past, to wear who we are."
– Anya Lim, founder of ANTHILL
The ANTHILL masks are made from scrap handwoven fabrics from our production waste following standard face mask safety requirements. They are washable, made with stretchable and adjustable ear loops, a cotton pocket lining and 2 washable filters for your use.
With Melbourne mask mandates easing in 2021, and school-aged children returning to a COVID normal classroom setting, we donated the child-sized ANTHILL masks to Mano Amiga Philippines. This organisation was established by Filipina powerhouse, Lynn Pinugu, co-founder of She Talks Asia, and provides education opportunities that serve as a catalyst for community transformation, inclusive growth, and lasting social impact. These beautiful ANTHILL masks were donated to the students of Mano Amiga Philippines to uplift and protect them as they navigate a school year interrupted by COVID-19.