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.
This is a three layer mask. The outer layer is from a vintage silk kimono, the middle layer is interfacing, and the lining that lays against your skin is silk charmeuse. The three layers are tacked together at the center seam so it stands away from your mouth when worn. Our 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.
Shell Fabric - 100% Silk. This yarn dye shantung fabric has a black warp and an indigo blue weft in the weave that creates a deep rich navy color. Slubs in the yarn create a surface texture. 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 - Large size - this is 2" larger around then our regular Kabuto mask for a total measurement of 24".
Designed and sewn - in USA