In honour of Black History month we will be doing a draw on social media for gift certificates of local black-owned business in Ottawa. Make sure to follow us @mblapothecary on Instagram for your chance to win!
Winner will be announced February 28th.
We are lucky to have friends from all over the world. Recently, we were gifted beautiful African garments from our friend Fatou, who’s family is from Guinea! Guinea is in west Africa, and French is the primary language spoken due to colonialism.
Because Black History Month lands in February, we thought it would be a good time to launch four custom masks constructed from these fabrics. The garments were lovingly deconstructed to be repurposed into our comfortable mask pattern.
The Wax Printed Black & The Wax Printed Green are a little extra special as these fabrics were custom designed and hand dyed with a special wax printing technique. The producer's name and the registration number was printed on the selvage (this was still visible in the seams of the original garment), thus protecting the design and attesting to the quality of the fabric. Wax fabrics constitute capital goods for African women, and are therefore often retained based on their perceived market value. Please note: Patterns vary dramatically on the wax printed black mask.
Black history month allows a chance for people, who are often uninformed or simply lack education, to learn about the history regarding African-Americans and the many injustices they have endured on a global level. We are going to be doing a draw at the end of the month for gift certificates of local black owned businesses in Ottawa. Stay tuned and always do your part to engage and protect the community members that you live with, even if they look different than you do.
Our reversible mask design scoops high on the nose to hold mask in place and is constructed with two layers of pre-washed cotton. The elastic is finished with a cord lock to allow for easy adjusting behind the ears.
Fiber content: fabric = 100% Cotton, elastic = polyester and polypropylene
CARE: WASH BEFORE FIRST USE. MACHINE WASH IN MESH LAUNDRY BAG OR HANDWASH IN COLD WATER. HANG TO DRY.
MBL Apothecary does not guarantee that our face masks will prevent the spread of Covid-19. These masks are double layer cotton and do not contain a filter pocket. Please use all government recommended precautions including frequent hand washing & social distancing. Stay Safe!