East Honolulu Clothing Company Face Mask Project
Health care professionals have been reaching out to ask for help in solving the shortage of face masks during the Corona (COVID-19) pandemic. To assist in this effort, East Honolulu Clothing Company has started making and donating fabric face masks to healthcare personnel on the front lines.
We are happy to add anyone requesting masks to our list, however please know that 1st priority will be given to front line health care workers in Hawai'i. We are also sharing our mask pattern and have made a video tutorial so that more people can assist in making masks for front line workers. WARNING, we are rank Amateur video makers but figure it is more important to get the instructions out. Step by step written instructions comming soon!
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As our high performance wicking fabrics are not appropriate for this application we have been reaching out to the community for tight woven cottons and flannel donations. If you can donate fabric please let us know and we can arrange curbside drop off. We ask that you please wash and dry the fabric the fabric prior sending to us. We also recommend that the end users wash the masks prior to use.
After much testing, trials and conversations with end users, we decided that the best design was a 3 layer, with the middle layer being cotton flannel with inner and out layers of tight woven cotton. Our design has a pocket into which additional protective layers can be added. It has a wire nose bridge and after much testing on ourselves and checking with end users we decided that ties made from our fabulous soft and stretchy yoga fabric was the most comfortable. We are happy to share our lycra strips locally with other folks that are making and donating masks to health care workers.
A good place to network on this is https://www.facebook.com/groups/Masks4Hawaii