The contoured shape of the top line gives you secure coverage over your nose bridge without interfering with your eyes, while 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 get wet from exhaled moisture. A nose dart helps the mask stay put at the right height, and prevents it from sliding up and down when you talk. These features are also great if you wear glasses (or sunglasses), as they really work to keep your lenses from fogging up!
These washable, reusable face masks are hand-made by Canadian artisans in British Columbia. We use two layers of tightly woven but relatively breathable materials which are safe to wear against facial skin — very important for long-term wearability.
Depending on your face shape, style requirements, or preferences, you may find the Accordion mask or the “Put On a Good Face” mask a better fit. Also, because of the complexity of the Ziggurat mask, it costs a bit more than our other styles, so if you’re on a tight budget, check them out as well — any mask is better than no mask at all.
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.
Remember that no masks can offer full protection against any kind of infection or danger. These are offered for fashion and personal comfort reasons only, same as any other masks that are not specifically produced to medical specifications. Please read the FAQ and the Mask Wear and Care instructions before using any masks!
For your safety and ours, returns or exchanges are absolutely not possible with all face masks!
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’re also currently matching each mask you buy with one we donate to someone in need. We’ll try to maintain this for as long as the need exists and our materials hold out.
Of course, being smart and educated people, you already know that none of this should ever be taken as medical advice or meant to substitute for official and standardized medical equipment, and is meant for personal choice and fashion purposes. Do the hand-washing, social distancing thing! And if you think you or yours have an illness, call your doctor. Though of course there’s no reason you shouldn’t do any of these things while wearing puppy dog print or hot pink fabrics on your face.
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.