Black Forest Kabuto Face Mask

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While living in Japan as a child it was not uncommon to see someone wearing a face mask.  Many of these were worn if the user had a cold, the smog was bad, or to help keep allergies at bay.  These were not the same as surgical masks that are used in hospitals. While not medical grade, they could keep out larger particles like pollen.  Over the years it has turned into a statement accessory.

Inspired by this cultural perspective of the face mask in Japan, and in light of recent events, we wanted to make these for sale and give the proceeds to the Food Lifeline charity. We are producing these from vintage silk kimono textiles.  Where we have leftover production fabric we are using the small pieces in hand so nothing is wasted.  

Our 3 layer mask has an elastic back band that slides up and down on the side straps. Put the top strap over the top of your ears, and adjust the back band up or down into position for the most comfortable fit. The Kabuto stands away from your lips when worn.

Shell Fabric - 100% Silk. Black jacquard has a subtle black resin design of branches and leaves with small accents of Deep Red leaves. Design will vary due to the large repeat of the pattern. Fabric is from the Kyoto Prefecture in Japan. 

Lining - 100% Silk. Luxurious Charmeuse lining in color Black. 

Care - Machine Wash Cold on Delicate Cycle in lingerie bag. Tumble Dry on Medium Heat in lingerie bag or hang to air dry. Iron if needed on Silk Setting. Wash with like colors.

Size - One size 

Designed and sewn - in USA


Written by Nita Choau on May 3rd 2021

Beautiful done, love how it feels on my face. Fits really well even if it is one size for all.

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