Hand Embroidered Filter Mask - Sunshine Seeker
*Made to order: 2 weeks.
Each filter mask is hand embroidered using 100% Egyptian cotton, the unique embroidery was woven new by our female artisan partners in a weaving cooperative in the mountains outside of Chichicastenango. Using a traditional technique with intricate needlework, each mask can take 3 – 4 days to complete. By purchasing directly from female artisans, you are supporting a sustainable effort to pay above a living wage, provide steady employment, and impact entire indigenous families.
Thank you for wanting to rock artisan-made masks during this pandemic. Your support helps ensure we are able to provide our artisans with a dignified job opportunity instead of them looking elsewhere to receive handouts.
And please remember these are for fashion use only. We did our best to designed them to fit over a professional surgical mask. This mask is washable and has a slot for a reusable filter.
No two masks are the same! Hiptipico prides itself on uniqueness and authenticity. Every Hiptipico product is 100% handmade and has the human touch of the weaver and maker in each stitch. This makes our products uniquely charming and distinct from factory-made accessories. No two are exactly the same and imperfections are to be expected and appreciated.
This mask are part of our Woven Collection and support female weavers that don't have access to markets! This specific collection was created so you know exactly the female weaver behind your products. Every item in this collection was hand-embroidered or hand-woven by our female artisan partners [not the market]. Purchasing authentic textiles directly from female cooperatives allows us to have a full understanding of the entire supply chain and offer truly honest production.
Shop knowing exactly the woman weaver behind your product!
This mask is NOT a medical, surgical mask or N-95 respirators. CDC guidelines now recommend wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
The mask is not a replacement for medical-grade protective equipment. If you need that type of equipment please consult a healthcare professional.
And remember using this mask does not replace other recommended measures to stop the community spread of COVID-19. Please continue to follow CDC guidelines, practice social distancing, wash your hands, and refrain from touching your face.
ORIGIN: CHONTALÁ, QUICHÉ
ETHNICITY: MAYA K’ICHÉ’
After searching for traditional belt weavers in many rural villages outside of Chichicastenango, we were lucky enough to finally meet Manuela, the leader of the Chontala Women's Weaving Cooperative in 2017! Manuela, Pascuala and the women in their cooperative specialize in the intricate embroidery of belts called “fajas” that we use for our camera straps. Each belt is made new and can take anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks to make depending on the design. Now, the women are taking on a new embroidery project, creating our intricate floral face masks. Your purchase helps these women receive a steady income to further support their families and preserve their culture.
ORIGIN: MOMOSTENANGO, TOTONICAPÁN
ETHNICITY: MAYA K’ICHÉ’
Don Vicente and his family have a quaint home workshop and local storefront in Panajachel. He comes from a family of rural sheep farmers and at a young age, he moved to Pana to start his own business producing a more extensive line of artisan goods using high quality materials and genuine leather. Over the years, he and his wife Ofelia have designed and perfectly curated a collection with unbeatable craftsmanship. They are a passionate family dedicated to incorporating the authentic indigenous culture into their work and passing these artisanal techniques down to their children. Now his son is the manager of their storefront and their daughters help with client relations which includes collaborating with us! We love being able to work alongside the next generation and create beautiful designs in teamwork with Don Vicente and his family!