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Why Is Batik Recommended as One of the Best Materials for Face Masks?

There are many materials that can be used to make cloth face coverings but which materials work best to make cloth face mask? The New York Times interviewed Dr. Segal, of Wake Forest Baptist Health, who led the study for the best material for face mask. Dr Segal saw good results for homemade masks using quilting fabric that "tend to use high-quality, high-thread count cotton."

Dr Segal noted that "the best-performing designs were a mask constructed of two layers of high-quality, heavyweight “quilter’s cotton,” a two-layer mask made with thick batik fabric, and a double-layer mask with an inner layer of flannel and outer layer of cotton."

The New York Times also reached out to Bonnie Browning, executive show director for the American Quilter’s Society, who said that "quilters prefer tightly woven cottons and batik fabrics that stand up over time."

Batik is often made of tightly woven cloth which is why it performs as one of the best material for a face mask. NBC News and New York Magazine also quoted Dr. Segal who said that "you do want to use a woven fabric, like batik."

At Kasih Co-op, we use Indonesian tightly woven cotton fabric with batik prints that are handmade into two and three layers face masks, depending style, with pocket for filters. Take a look at our selections below.


What's the Best Material for a Mask? - The New York Times

Making your own face mask? Some fabrics work better than others, study finds. - NBC News

We Tested 39 (And Counting) Actually Kind of Stylish Fabric Face Masks - New York Magazine


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1154 reviews
Love all the masks - artful and highly effective

These rectangular masks cover much more surfaces area and provide great protection against Covid19 and other viruses! Please don’t stop making these beautiful works of art

Love these masks!

These are the most adjustable and best coverage masks I have found. I like the option these masks have of adding a filter with the pocket. I have purchased several for myself and a few for gifts, as I know they are adjustable. The fabric and colors are beautiful. I’m wearing the Kasihcoop mask with a filter while visiting outdoors with my granddaughter.

Nice mask but colors appear different than how shown online

Fits well, and I like the adjustable ear loops. However, I ordered the red mask which turned out to have a great deal of orange in it. Also, I ordered the black and pink but it turned out to be black and burgundy.

Love this mask!

Great fabric, great design and very comfortable

Excellent quality and beautiful design

The material is very soft, breathable and comfortable. Love the design too. One of my favorite masks so far!