The fabric used in these masks are made in the homelands of the Pacha Arts Family, by the Lema Family in the kichwa community of Peguche.
Andean textiles have developed over centuries, keeping us warm in the cool climates of the high altitudes. Our symmetrical patterns have story and meaning. Through them we can trace the passing of time as newer designs and influences from outside our territories become incorporated.
We are proud to offer something that comes directly from indigenous hands, from the fabric, to the design, to the making. These masks therefore carry history, meaning, and love for our culture. This is what helps us carry on through the hardships we are all now facing. We hope this labour of love finds its way to support you as well!
The Uma Mask (uma meaning face in kichwa) was developed by indigenous clothing designer Yana Manta, to promote community safety and social distancing practices during these difficult times.
These reusable masks are hand crafted within the Pacha Arts family home, as a means of sustaining ourselves while our storefront remains closed.
It is not the first time indigenous communities are faced with these kinds of hardships. This mask brings to mind more than 500 years of resistance and fight for our families and livelihoods.
Polycotton Outer Shell
Cotton Filter Middle Layer
Polyester Mesh Inner Lining
Drawstring toggle (for easier adjustment)
*Due to the uniqueness of the material, the mask you receive may not be exactly as pictured.
**Disclaimer: the fabric of this last batch of Special Edition Uma Masks are of a heavier fabric