Attention all ninjas, goths, and gothic ninjas: the swirling black shadow facemasks are here. OK, so they are not actually made of shadows but they ARE made from two layers of crisp, cool, high threadcount Egyptian cotton and a layer of interfacing sandwiched in between for better fit and appearance (the extra layer can’t hurt either right?).
This face mask style is naturally curved to fit over your nose and mouth without getting in your eyes. The fastening is a piece of upcycled 30lb pull strength dyed cotton butchers string, that is one of the by-products of my arashi shibori. Yes, more upcycling. The string is looped though channels on the sides of the mask and is worn by looping the top part of the string behind the head so that it sits above your ears; positioning the mask over the nose and mouth by the edges and then pulling the free ends of string and tying behind the head comfortably. This method of wearing a mask is more comfortable for most people than a behind the ear elastic style.
The fabric was dyed by hand using my amebukufu technique which has created mottled shades of black and grey ideal for blending into the shadows. It also helps stop you cough and sneeze all over everyone and will remind you not to keep touching your face.
They offer the following features and benefits:
• Tie behind the head for greater comfort than over the ear style facemasks
• Contoured construction for fit
• Double layer of high threadcount fabric, plus interfacing for better functionality and durability
• Long staple Egyptian cotton is smooth, crisp and cool against skin
• All materials fully laundered before use for hygiene and to avoid shrinkage
• Handmade and unique
• Amebukufu shibori cotton is dyed by me using Procion MX dyes that don’t bleed, crock or fade
• No latex to avoid irritation or perishing
• Upcycled ties help conserve resources needed for producing PPE globally
• Machine washable for repeated hygienic use
Please remember that fabric facemasks are not a replacement for clinical masks which should be reserved for those in clinical settings and front line workers at high risk. Please follow guidelines for safe mask use.
Always avoid touching your mask at the front, if you need to adjust it use the edges. When you remove your mask put it into a sealed bag and launder it after each wearing. A mask can only protect you if you wear it properly. Check your local guidelines on face coverings to learn more.