Sustainable and re-usable face mask, made in Japan by contemporary textile artist Takahashi Hiroko.
£22 per item
Japanese masuku (‘face masks’), or face coverings, have been worn in Japan in public spaces for more than a century for a variety of reasons. Helping wearers reduce the risk of spreading germs, they reflect Japan’s social etiquette of prioritising the needs and well-being of others.
Takahashi Hiroko, contemporary textile artist and founder of design brand HIROCOLEDGE has been making face coverings from tenugui (simply woven cotton Japanese hand towels) throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, helping people to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. She makes a range of face coverings that are sustainable and re-usable, saving on the cost and waste that disposable masuku would usually incur, while making them items of fashion with her signature bold geometric patterns.
As each mask is individually hand-made, there may be cases of slight blurs or smudges.
This product does not come with a filter or nose wire. (There is a small pocket in the mask to insert a nose wire if desired.)
Tie the straps to your desired length. You can also replace them with rubber or cord.
Wash your mask before first use. Handwashing is recommended, with a neutral detergent.
After washing, shape the mask and dry it in the shade. After washing there may be slight shrinkage.
The colour may fade depending on the frequency of washing and the type of detergent. Wash separately as colour may transfer onto other items.
Size: W20 cm x H8.5 cm
Strap length: 30 cm
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Takahashi Hiroko is a contemporary textile artist based in Sumida, Tokyo whose work innovates the Japanese kimono tradition.