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Czech expat community makes masks for Ixelles

12. 05. 2020

UPDATE | 12 May 2020: H. E. Pavel Klucký, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Kingdom of Belgium, together wit Jitka Pánek Jurková, Director of the Czech Centre Brussels, handed over almost 700 face masks sewn by Czech expats community in Ixelles/Elsene in under 14 days. All packages carry a label with a name of the person who sewed the masks and will be distributed by the Ixelles administration to those who need them.

Photo credits: Czech Centre Brussels/ Eva Petráková

Czech Embassy in Brussels together with the Czech Centre Brussels called on the creativity of Czech expats living in Ixelles for to create home-made face masks intended for those who need them in the Ixelles/Elsene neighborhood. 

The design, initially created by Czech designer Barbora Procházková /Project Sapience for Vogue, is available online and the textile is provided by the Ixelles/Elsene administration itself. Procházková is not new to Brussels fashion scene as she has presented a co-authored upcycled collection last year during Czech Fashion Festival/ RE-VELVET together with Lenka Vacková. 

This campaign is organised by the Embassy of the Czech Republic to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Czech Centre Brussels with Commune d’Ixelles. All masks will be offered to hospitals, or other institution in need.

A widespread initiatives emerged in the times of crisis in the Czech Republic and the Czech creativity can be helpful to local community that we feel to be a part of.

Find more on the Ixelles/Elsene call here: LINK.

Czech artists joined forces and created quite a number of community initiatives that helped to sew and distribute masks once they became compulsory wear in Czechia. Romana Drdova, AiR Antwerpen resident and Czech Centre Brussels partner for 2018 design project, has even created a pattern well before the outbreak of COVID-19 crisis in Europe. Follow our Instagram to find out more.