Meet Niji. A line of handmade, washable and reusable face masks all made in Clapton, East London.
After maker Yuki Honjo-Archer observed a sudden increase of ‘one use’ face-masks littering the streets of her neighbourhood – Niji (Japanese for rainbow) was very quickly born.
The range of masks are 100% cotton with adjustable straps and nose wire to make a perfect fit. When buying and wearing a mask it is really important that it fits properly. That there is a nose wire to seal the gaps. That it covers your chin and that the straps are comfortable and pull the mask close to your face. That it is washed after every use at 60 degrees”.
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Adult masks cost £15 each and child masks cost £13 each.
If you’d like to make your own reusable face masks, here are some instructions Yuki has provided:
How to make a reusable face mask
Chose 3 layers of cotton fabric with outside layers facing into each other. Trace the face mask pattern onto the back of the lining. Adults- 14.5cm x 21cm. Child- 18cm x 12cm. Giving a little shape to the nose if desired.
Sew all around your pattern leaving a gap on one side to have a hole to turn your mask right side out. Make sure to trap your elastic straps inside your layers on top left and right corners. Cut the seam allowance down to 0.5cm.
Turn it inside out and shape nose wire to insert along top edge. Then pin it into place
Sew along the top edge just under the nose wire to trap it in the pocket.
Pleat each side 3 times. I prefer facing the pleat downwards but it is optional.
Sew the pleats into place and along the bottom edge.
Lastly sew the elastics into place.