protect scarf

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  • 2017.12

In many countries, masks are hardly ever used outside of hospitals, and are usually a sign of a serious medical condition. 
Thus, in regions suffering from heavy air pollution, people often use scarves to cover their mouths and noses. But in Japan, hygiene masks are very common and are used regularly for illness prevention purposes. 
However, it is sometimes considered to be blunt or rude to wear masks, and covering it with a scarf may be a bit too bulky and uncomfortable. Therefore, we decided to combine the two and design a scarf-like mask.

At first glance it seems like a normal scarf, but actually it is constructed from seven layers of high performance mesh filters and three additional removable layers. 
The embedded permanent layers filter dust and viruses, they deodorize and moisturize the skin and can be washed more than 100 times.  
The 3 removable filters consist of three different types – a regular type, a type that encourages you to take out more energy by being slightly blocking the airways, and a type which can also prevent tobacco smoke odor and radioactive materials.

Cashmere, which is a soft and gentle material, is used for the external side of the scarf while the backside is made from fleece textile that was especially treated to eliminate static electricity.

Collaborator : kku, tom
Photographer : Akihiro Yoshida