This reusable 3-ply face mask is made with hand-stamped batik and 100% cotton inner lining. The mask can be hand-washed and line-dried to be reused over and over. As part of our conscious-design process, the elastic is not sewn directly onto the mask, and can be replaced in the future to extend the lifespan of the mask. This creation is a collaboration with Indonesian artisans who maintain a traditional slow craft process.
Note: You will receive a mask with the same fabric design but the motif print may not be exactly as pictured. This is a handmade product, there may be slight differences in measurements.
About the design
The parang motif is one of the oldest in Indonesia. It appears in various iterations, with the base shape similar to a sword or the letter S. In famous folklore, a fabled Javanese prince, Prince Panja, was saved by the protective power of the parang batik he had on him. In another story, the design was created as a reference to a stretch of jagged rocks on the south coast which seemed to be a natural guard to the coastline. This is why Javanese people regard parang as a symbol of protection and security.
The hand-stamped batik is a labour-intensive work of love. When you wear a hand-stamped batik mask, you are wearing a message of devotion to traditional craft.
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