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Einaudi Center Staff Member Sews Masks with African Fabrics

Indira White
Ithaca, New York
colorful fabric masks

As the need for protective face masks grew, Indira White knew she could use her love for sewing for good. As the Einaudi Center’s front office coordinator, she gave her masks a unique twist. “Most of the materials used to make these face masks came from Zambia and Ghana,” said Indira. Her friend and colleague—Jackie Sayegh, program manager of the Institute for African Development—visits Africa often and brings back fabric for Indira from each visit. “I’ve been holding onto these textiles, waiting for the right garment and occasion. I could not be happier that the masks are serving communities with the protection they so desperately need at this time.” Her colorful patterned masks have been sent to a women’s shelter in Brooklyn, a nursing home in Albany, and more places in need so far.