A Set of 2 Summer Prints: Japanese Cotton Yukata Face Masks (Blue x Red)
Protect yourself and the community with a set of 2 face masks made from Japanese vintage yukata fabric. Or give to your family, friends, and the community in need. Proceeds go to Fashion Girls fund which is currently producing PPE gowns in NYC to donate to hospitals and nursing homes.
An interior pocket to insert your own filters to create an appropriate barrier necessary for Covid-19. Please note any cloth masks alone do not give enough protection. We recommend the use of a medical-grade surgical mask as a filter.
You can adjust a length by making a knot or turning elastics into an ear loop as shown in photos. Silicone toggles can be purchased separately to lock the length.
Elastics around your head give comfort and leave your mask hanging around your neck when not wearing (just like a strap for sunglasses). Made based on Fashion Girls for Humanity's "ultimate" mask pattern which VPL further improved with suggestions from doctors and nurses.
Reversible. Lined with various colors.
Made in sunny California by a women-owned ethical "essential" business factory.
Washable and reusable. Machine wash cold / Do not tumble dry.
Made from 100% cotton fabric.
For vintage Japanese yukata fabric, please wash separately from white, ideally without detergent when you first try.
Yukata (indigo-dyed summer kimono) developed as a type of Kimono to be primarily worn after bathing. It is not formal wear but requires elegance and a sense of humor. This is because Edo people have an Iki (smart) character. Yukata became room wear/nightwear in the 19th century and has been used for summer festivals, including En-nichi (festival days), other festive occasions, and fireworks displays. Its thin cotton fabric breathes well and is less likely to stick to sweaty skin. Yukata gives off a cool-looking impression as a common feature of Japanese summertime. Although the current mainstream is Yukata of print dyeing type, a craftsman uses dye containers of a sprinkling can type, called Yakan (kettles), to pour dyes onto the fabric in the original traditional dyeing process. This is a Japan-specific dyeing method called Chusen. When multiple Yakan filled with different colored dyes are used for simultaneous pouring, beautiful shadings can be created, but this technique calls for a high degree of skill. Its controlled colors, based on indigo and deep blue, represent “Iki" and produce manual-dyed specific textures that emulate the fading brought about by many years of use.
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