Samba “schools” mobilize sewists to make masks

Sewists who work on the annual costumes of Rio de Janeiro’s world-renowned carnival parade are helping produce protective masks for hospitals and the low-income community of Nilópolis. Known as samba “schools” and usually competing among themselves, Beija-Flor, Salgueiro and Mangueira are working together under the guise of association Liesa to expand the effort to others. Beija-Flor started first and has been making 1,200 to 1,500 masks a week, as well as donating food and cleaning material to low-income communities of Rio’s Baixada Fluminense region. The help is coming at a critical juncture as densely packed and unsanitary “favelas” in the North and West zones are starting to see the first fatalities from covid-19.

Source: Valor Econômico