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Locally, hobbyists and professional tailors and tailors have worked overtime to create unique and special masks. Businesses have also changed their focus to include making masks with unique flares. Both the Flamenco National Institute and Opera Southwest use the material they use as costumes to make masks.

Mimi Green

Local company Mimi Green now makes masks.

This locally owned business makes special dog collars, leashes, and more. They now have a colorful tie mask line, and will even make a bandana suitable for family dogs. Prints include flowers, paisley, animal prints and geometric designs.

Local company Mimi Green now makes masks.

The mask is currently $ 18 and can be purchased at Facial mask with matching dog bandanas is $ 40.

National Flamenco Institute

The National Flamenco Institute makes masks from unused costume materials. They are available in various patterns. (Courtesy of the National Flamenco Institute)

Marisol Encinias, executive director of the Flamenco National Institute, said their tailors used costume material to make masks, which mainly featured spots.

“This generates a little income for the organization because we can’t have shows and classes are online,” he said.

Some of the money obtained from masks was also put into the local Artists Aid Fund, which helps artists who cannot work due to cancellations and social distance.

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Masks are $ 20 for one or $ 35 for a pair and can be purchased at

Opera Southwest

This mask is made using Opera Southwest costume material. (Courtesy of Opera Southwest)

Tony Zancanella, executive director of Opera Southwest, said the company used existing fabric from its costume shop to make masks. He said there had been a large demand and that it provided an opportunity to retain at least some of his workers. To date, they have made around 2,200 masks with several

Anna Constantz, a tailor for Opera Southwest, works on face masks. This organization uses materials for costumes to make its masks. (Source from Opera Southwest).

one hundred went to local nursing homes and Navajo Nation.

“I never thought I would become the king of textiles,” he joked. “We are a non-profit organization whose main mission is to produce operas, but we cannot do that now. We have succeeded in returning the costume shop.”

Patterns include beads, embroidery, polka dots, plaid and other colorful designs. The mask includes a filter bag and a padded wire nose bridge.

They ask for donations to cover material and labor costs, which range from $ 6 to $ 7. Masks are available for purchase at

Candace Crafts Corner

Candace Nickles, owner of the Candace Crafts Corner small business, shifted his business when most of the places where he sold his craft were no longer in operation. He reawakened his sewing skills and began working. The mask features sunflowers, succulents, hot air balloons, sugar skulls and serape patterns.

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“They become accessories,” he said. “I want a mask that represents who I am.”

Here are some masks made by local craftsman Candace Nickles. (Courtesy of Candace Nickles)

The mask is $ 12 and is available at Etsy (


Local tailor Meagan Swari started making masks when the pandemic struck. He uses a lot of patterns. (Courtesy of Meagan Swari)

Meagan Swari, the owner of the Bandits, was a sports instructor and bartender before the pandemic and found himself having a lot of time on his hands when both his jobs became absent. He began to sew masks full time, calling himself a bandit mask. A nickname given to him by his partner after he told him that he felt cunning riding around the city on a bicycle, in a mask that delivered packages (masks) on people’s porches.

“When scientists began to report that we might be dealing with this for at least a year, I started making custom masks,” he said. “If we have to wear masks to keep each other safe, they must look good and are comfortable and functional.”

Local tailor Meagan Swari started making masks when the pandemic struck. He uses a lot of patterns. (Courtesy of Meagan Swari)

The mask features Star Wars, beer, pizza, mermaids, comic book characters, sports teams, and flowers. He is in the process of creating a Pride mask line for the LGBTQ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and question). He got prints from friends, local shops and online. He donates 20% of his monthly income to local nonprofits.

Masks start at $ 5 and go up from there, depending on the print. Pattern photos are available on his Facebook page (bandit.masks.505), or his Instagram (bandit.masks.505). Orders can be made through social media or by sending an email to [email protected]

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