The contoured shape of the top line gives you secure coverage over your nose bridge without interfering with your eyes. This feature is great if you wear glasses (or sunglasses), as it really work to keep your lenses from fogging up!
The pleats on the lower part of the mask will open up as much as you need to accommodate most face and chin lengths. For men, the pleats can provide more coverage for beards and/or keep stubble from catching on and pulling the mask down too far.
Clever shaping and seaming means the edge of the mask forms a gap-free seal against your face, but the middle part doesn’t make contact anywhere it can block your air intake or soak up exhaled moisture.
These masks go on with elastics around your ears, which will be sent to you threaded into their casings but not tied into a loop, so you can customize the length to your own preference. Once you’ve tied the knot, you can rotate the loop so the knot is hidden in the casing.
Or if you don’t like the feel of ear elastics, just replace them with ribbons or shoelaces that tie behind your head for a more customized fit. If you need instructions on how, look here.
Depending on your face shape, style requirements, or preferences, you may find one of our other styles a better fit for you. If you want even more nose/mouth clearance and maximum possible breathability, try the Gondola mask. For more structure and height, or if you need an interesting-looking mask for special events, try the Sparrowhawk mask.
The complexity of the Ziggurat mask makes it a bit more costly than some other styles so if your budget is tight, you could check out the Accordion mask or the “Put On a Good Face” mask — any mask is better than none!
If you’re not sure what style would suit you best, head here for more information.
Nose Piece: Yes or No?
For the Ziggurat mask, a flexible wire nose-piece is optional but highly recommended, as it helps support the 3D structure and helps mould the top edge into a custom shape for a more secure seal. Find out more about nose pieces here.
Ear Rescue Straps Upgrade
Ear Rescue straps consist of two separate straps, one adjustable with Velcro and one super-soft elastic, that go behind your head and take all the pressure off your ears. You can have perfectly comfortable, pain-free ears even at the end of a long day of mask wearing!
If you think you need extra-long or -short straps, or want them for a child, please contact us for instructions for custom measurements.
Questions about Masks
If you have questions about the usefulness, care instructions, and safety of face masks, read through these frequently asked questions.
If you’re still trying to figure out why you should or shouldn’t wear masks in public, here’s a critical thinker’s guide to face masks.
All fabrics are have been put through a washer and dryer before cutting out the masks, so you can safely machine-wash them. Pleats in natural fibres may need pressing after laundering. Remember that all elastics will degrade in time with heat and moisture, and may need replacing before the mask. If you intend to use bleach, you should stick with white cotton only and opt for the nose-piece at your own risk, as it may cause accelerated rusting.
We ship via Canada Post. Up to five Ziggurat masks can travel by letter mail (no tracking numbers). Larger quantities are shipped via parcel and a tracking number is provided. Note that Canada Post has suspended delivery guarantees. If you want to get them faster, contact us for a quote on expedited shipping methods.
The product images show Ziggurat masks with wire nose pieces and elastic ear loops.
For your safety and ours, returns or exchanges are absolutely not possible with face masks!
IMPORTANT: Remember that no masks can offer full protection against any kind of infection or danger. No info on this site should be taken as medical advice. These masks are not meant to substitute for standardized medical equipment. If you have health-related concerns, talk to your physician.
We’re doing our best to keep prices as low as humanly possible to help ensure everyone who wants masks can have them right now. So we’re offering them for the cost of materials, plus minimum wage for our sewing time. We’ll try to maintain this for as long as the need exists and our materials hold out.