The Jakarta Post
Uniqlo's AIRism face mask. (Courtesy of/Uniqlo)
Japanese retailer Uniqlo has announced that its AIRism masks will be available at its stores in Indonesia starting on Sept. 21.
The face masks are made of fabric used in its AIRism underwear line, in response to health concerns and high demand from Uniqlo’s customers.
The AIRism undergarments use a specially developed fabric to create a cool and comfortable feel in any weather.
According to a press release, the masks will have a high-functioning three-layered structure to improve its filter. The middle part features a filter to block water and protect the skin from bacteria and virus-contaminated particles. The filter is covered with a mesh fabric as the outermost layer that can block 90 percent of UV rays. The innermost layer is made of smooth and comfortable AIRism material.
It is recommended not to wear the mask while doing heavy exercise or under direct sunlight.
The mask is reusable and can be washed in a machine with detergent. It is available in three sizes: small for children aged 3 and above, medium for adults with smaller faces and large for adults with normal-sized faces. Price details are not yet available.
The mask caused long lines at Uniqlo stores in Japan and its website crashed when the product went on sale on June 19. Several Twitter accounts posted pictures of people standing in the rain waiting for stores to open. (wng)
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