Ecological masks

Carla Fernández is one of the most ethical and transparent fashion houses in Mexico

Mexican designer collaborates with artisans to create ecological masks
The masks produced by Fernández and the artisans are reusable, ecological, and hand-made - Photo: Taken from Carla Fernández's Instagram account
English 12/07/2020 14:18 Mexico City Actualizada 14:41

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, designer Carla Fernández teamed up with Mexican artisans to design and produce ten different face masks.

Ten artisans from Michoacán, Colima, Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Guerrero designed ten different masks.

In contrast with many other national and international brands, Carla Fernández does not exploit Mexican artisans; instead, she collaborates with them in a bid to preserve their textile heritage. Fernández's latest project is no exception. 

Each artisan will receive 25% of the profits generated by the project. The rest of the profits will be used to support another 175 artisans who collaborate with the brand.



Máscaras Mexicanas es un proyecto de cubrebocas reusables para cuidarnos y cuidar a los demás. Es también un homenaje a 10 maestros mascareros en cinco Estados diferentes: Michoacán, Colima, Oaxaca, Chiapas y Guerrero. Cada artesano recibió una regalía y el 25% de las ganancias de cada venta. El otro 25% se va a los otros 175 artesanos con quienes colaboramos y 20 empleados directos. El resto se va en la fabricación: algodón mexicano, cosido por manos mexicanas e impreso digitalmente con tintas ecológicas en Yucatán. Máscara de viejito hecha por Ignacio y Artemio Ramos, maestros mascareros de Tócuaro, Michoacán. Si te interesa comprar las máscaras originales de los maestros, contáctanos y te enviamos el catálogo de su hermoso trabajo y te enviamos sus máscaras a dónde quieras. Nuestros tienen doble capa 100% algodón y un compartimento que se puede agregar una tercera. Son lavables y reusables. La impresión es digital con tintas ecológicas. Utilizar cubrebocas es una forma eficaz de medida de prevención frente al COVID-19. ¡Frenemos juntos el uso de cubrebocas desechables! De venta en [email protected] o escríbenos por acá . – Mexican Masks is a project of reusable face masks to take care of ourselves and others and to support Mexican artisans. We are working with 10 different artisans in five States: Michoacán, Oaxaca, Guerrero, Colima and Chiapas. With this homage the artisan gets royalties for the use of the image of his / her masks, also gets other income in every sale of 25% of the earnings. Other 25% goes to the 175 artisans we currently work with and the 20 direct employees of the company. The rest goes goes to production: 100 % Mexican cotton. Sewn by Mexican hands and printed digitally with ECO inks in Yucatán. Old man mask made by artisans Ignacio and Artemio Ramos from Tócuaro, Michoacán. You can ask us for the catalogue of the original work and we can ship it to you! Our are made from 100% cotton, they have two layers and you can ad a third in manually between both. They are washable and reusuable. They are an effective preventive measure for COVID-19.

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Furthermore, the masks produced by Fernández and the artisans are reusable, ecological, and hand-made. Moreover, they are 100%, hand-made, and digitally printed using ecological inks. 

In an interview with EL UNIVERSAL in English, Carla Fernández said that since the fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world, it was important to produce reusable masks.  

Moreover, she explained that the inks used to print the cotton face masks are vegetable-based. 

The Mexican designer said she is now working with 25 female artisans from seven states to release a collection of embroidered masks.

You can also purchase the wood masks created by the Mexican artisans. 

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Traditional masks
The ten face masks created by Mexican artisans were inspired by traditional wood masks. 

The art of making masks is a tradition that is transmitted from generation to generation. These masks are worn during dances and often depict the elderly, demons, and animals. 

Artisans spend at least eight days making one mask. 

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Carla Fernández
Carla Fernández is a Mexican fashion devoted to preserving and revitalizing the textile legacy of indigenous and mestizo communities of Mexico. 

Moreover, the brand’s vision regarding manual methods proves that ethical fashion can be innovative, avant-garde, and progressive.

The team at Carla Fernández team visits communities of artisans who specialize in handmade textiles and centuries-old indigenous techniques. Thus, the Mexico-City brand aims to preserve ancient indigenous techniques and help artisans to make a living.

In its website, the brand states that it works "with artisans from all over Mexico, that are specialized in creating textiles and handcrafts. We’ve been studying the DNA of indigenous garments and ancient techniques for a long time. We apply methods that are familiar to artisans, many of which are the same that have been used from pre-hispanic times, to create new designs."

Carla Fernández is one of the most ethical and transparent fashion houses in Mexico. The designer and her team have taken upon themselves to reinterpret and preserve ancient textiles and techniques. 

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How to wash and store reusable face masks
Cloth face masks worn during the COVID-19 pandemic must be washed regularly, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Public health experts recommend wearing a mask made from cotton.

The mask should be washed every day, says Penni Watts, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's School of Nursing.

Make sure to always remove your face mask correctly and wash your hands after touching it.

The best option is to wash the mask in the washing machine or with soap and hot water.

If you are washing your cloth face mask by hand, the CDC suggests preparing a bleach solution by mixing 5 tablespoons of household bleach per gallon of room temperature water or 4 teaspoons of household bleach per quart of room temperature water.

You should check that your bleach is intended for disinfection for some of them are not. Also, never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser for safety reasons.

Soak the cloth mask in the bleach solution for 5 minutes and rinse it thoroughly with cool or room temperature water.

The mask should be completely dry before wearing it. Dry it in a hot dryer, if possible.

Watts advises storing the clean, dry mask in a new paper bag to keep it safe from germs.