Face masks have become a necessity during a pandemic outbreak. At a time where the public is urged to wear face masks in almost every country worldwide, medical masks are often hard to source at such a time, people are looking for alternative options, and sometimes options may be closer to home than you think! With masks being a necessity for the near future, people are finding ways to incorporate them into their everyday looks and outfits.
When thinking of masks, your mind instantly pictures the medical grade blue and white disposable masks, but if you are wanting a mask that can be reusable and just as effective, consider looking into silk scarves, or homemade material face coverings for a slightly more fashionable look.
Here are some reasons you should consider using a silk scarf as a face covering during this pandemic, or making your own masks from materials you have at home.
Silk Scarves Are Safe And Effiient
If you do not have access to a mask, it would be a great idea to look around your house and see if you have any leftover material lying around to make one! Or if you have silk scarves handy, they can be highly effective as a protective barrier against many diseases & germs when used as a face covering. Natural silk double-folded over and pressed tightly against the nose and mouth can offer efficient protection, even similar to a surgical level mask. The double folding or layering technique offers great protection against potential droplets while also offering a breathable solution to a face covering.
How To Fold And Tie A Silk Scarf For A Face Covering
- Lay the silk fabric/ scarf in front of you.
- Fold the silk scarf into a triangle.
- Bring the bottom corner up to the top.
- Fold up again, hold it over both your mouth and nose and tie the two ends around the back of your head. There you have your easy fold mask!
Ensure the silk scarf sits nicely across your nose and covers both your nose and mouth for ultimate protection.
Face Masks And The Fashion World
With face masks being in high demand as an essential everyday item of clothing these days, the fashion world has taken note and you can now find masks in almost every colour and design imaginable. Even when you walk down the street, if you stop and take a look around, you will see lots of people taking the opportunity to make masks a fashion statement. You might see a little girl wearing a pink unicorn mask, or a sports fan wearing a Liverpool mask. Perhaps a mask and scrunchie combo that match perfectly, whatever you can imagine has probably already been created and these pieces are usually affordable and reusable. Each person should own at least a few different reusable masks, so finding colours and patterns that show off your personality can be super fun while practising safety and taking precautions too.
How To Craft A Face Mask At Home With No Sewing
What you will need to create your face covering:
- Cotton cloth, a silk scarf, a bandana or an old shirt. (preferably enough to double-layer).
- Hair ties or rubber bands.
- Scissors if you need to cut any material into a square shape.
Follow these steps to craft your homemade silk scarf mask:
- Fold the material of your choice in half.
- Fold the top third down towards the middle, and the bottom third up towards the middle.
- Place the hair ties or rubber bands around the folded material, one on each side of the material leaving a gap in the middle.
- Fold the side to the middle and tuck the material into the middle material.
Make sure your newly made mask fits nice and snug against your face covering your mouth and nose. Your mask should include multiple layers of fabric for ultimate protection but should also be breathable.
The Importance Of Wearing Silk Scarf Masks
While wearing masks is becoming a fashion trend in the modern world, it is important to remember why you are wearing them. Wearing your mask correctly Is important in order to protect both you and the people around you. It is important that you take care of your mask too. Hold the mask by the pieces of material or straps that sit around your ears and be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing the mask before washing your hands thoroughly. It is proven that silk is a great alternative to other materials used for masks, so grab out your favourite silk scarves and put them to careful use!