Cotton Blend Face Masks(4 items)
Welcome to the Cotton Blend Face Mask Collection at NOVICA.
The Village Council
Your answers straight from the village experts
Skin sensitivity is an important concern for face mask wearers. For this reason, artisans specializing in handmade face masks use quality, breathable fabrics when constructing their cloth masks. If a wearer has skin sensitivities or allergies to a particular fabric, it is useful to read the product’s full description. Additionally, because face masks can trap dirt and oil in your pores, and cause irritation, it is important to regularly clean masks after use.
Face masks are crafted from a wide array of materials, and global artisans strive to craft unique pieces from resources that are native to their own regions. Most work in woven cotton, largely because it performs better with high thread counts, making it a strong filter against transmittable, airborne particles. But each region adds its own unique touch. Thailand, for example, utilizes muslin and hemp, while Bali uses rayon and polyester, two synthetic fibers that create a filter-like effect to enhance protection. Mexico frequently works with nylon, elastic threads, and acrylic painted fabrics for a comfortable yet detailed design. India incorporates viscose, linen, silk and jacquard, which is a highly-textured pattern that is woven into fabric to produce a raised effect in the design. Fabric masks are most effective when multiple layers are threaded together to create an absorbent, protective barrier. Through face masks, artisans have found creative ways to bring their beautiful designs to the public and provide a livelihood for themselves and their families, especially when travel and tourism is reduced.
Masks function as shields; therefore, their levels of protection are dependent upon the types of materials from which they are made. The CDC recommends that healthcare providers wear N95 masks, which capture 95% of micro particles by tightly sealing susceptible areas, like the mouth and nose. For those who do not work in a healthcare setting, disposable or cloth masks are recommended. Handmade, artisanal face masks are one great option. They are designed to be an affordable, reusable form of protection against the spread of bacteria and viruses, in addition to dust and tiny particles. They block bodily fluids that may be emitted when one sneezes, coughs, or talks. Face masks from Bali, India, and Mexico are often made from organic fibers or tightly woven cotton and use multiple layers to provide the highest level of protection. Thailand specializes in muslin cotton, fibers that block pathogens at a rate that is comparable to medical-grade face masks. Of course, wearers must wash masks frequently and practice social distancing. But by wearing sustainable face masks made from natural, tightly woven fibers, wearers help slow the spread of possible airborne particles.
Natural, organic fabrics allow for comfortable airflow and optimal movement. Countries such as India, Bali, Thailand, and Mexico utilize natural materials that provide full coverage without being constricting. Linen, for example, is derived from flax plants, one of the oldest cultivated crops in history. It is known for its durability and lightweight fibers, making it extremely breathable. Similar to linen, cotton is a flexible material that is known for its breathability and softness. Novica artisans in these regions have developed masks utilizing sustainable resources that provide maximum comfort.
Whether manufactured or hand-stitched, face masks require proper care to ensure durability and functionality. While cloth and fabric masks do not technically expire, like any material, they will wear with excessive use and need to be replaced over time. Handmade face masks from regions like Bali and India, which use natural fibers and multi-layered fabrics, provide excellent coverage, and comply with CDC and WHO recommendations of breathability, comfort, and layering. These sustainable fabrics can be used repeatedly with gentle washing. Other regions, like Thailand and Mexico, also create high-quality face masks using cotton, a material that is strong, long-lasting, and comfortable. They provide great protection and are easy to sanitize. With proper use and delicate washing, handmade face masks serve as a safety precaution and a wearable work of art.
Julio Granados Illustration art and face masks
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