Make a donation to Ama-La, and we will send you a mask created by ourselves, painted by hand using flowers and herbs from the woods and fields around Camini.
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Make a donation to Ama-La, and we will send you a mask, hand-sewn, and eco-printed using flowers and plants native to the local area.
The masks are multi-layered: a layer of non-woven TNT fabric (washable and reusable) and a layer of 100% cotton.
The masks are beneficial to the nose and mouth for all sorts of daily activity, in acting as a filter. However, they do not purport to be masks of a medical quality, nor meet the norms of PPE.
The masks are hand-sewn in our workshops, and eco-printed.
Try to create your own masks with material printed with grasses and flowers, using our very own method for the eco-printing of masks:
- Level of difficulty: High
- Time required: 48 hours
- Fabric – 100% cotton
- Scissors, needle and thread q. b.
- Rigid wooden support
- Potassium alum
- Sodium carbonate
- Crown Daisy (glebionis coronaria)
- Wood sawdust
- Witches’ cauldron
- Imagination (as required)
To ensure that your mask is as successful as possible, you should pay attention to two key elements: the material should be of a high quality and 100% cotton; and the cooking time.
Cooking too quickly can compromise the printing, likewise if the temperature rises above 90°.
First, you should collect the right quantity of flowers, while making sure you leave enough in the field so as not to compromise the stock, then proceed to printing the material.
Make a hot “broth” with the potassium alum and the sodium carbonate, immerse the material in the broth, and allow to simmer for an hour, stirring from time to time. Allow the broth to cool, take out the material, smooth it and allow to dry. (etching)
Meanwhile, prepare a tisane, soaking the sawdust overnight. The following morning, simmer the tisane for an hour, and your colouring bath is now ready! (colour)
Place the crown daisies on the etched fabric. The quantity is simply according to your personal taste.
Cover it all with a layer of cotton, which has been dipped in the coloured tisane for three minutes.
Wrap everything around a rigid support, preferably of wood.
It is now sealed.
To tie the bassoon, simply use some strong twine. It not only looks good, but will ensure all is properly stable.
Steam for approx. 90 minutes, then let it cool in the steamer.
Leave the entire bassoon for at least 24 hours before opening.
And now, your material is all ready – coloured and printed.