Our masks are not medical grade. They protect you by protecting others.
Each of our masks has been created from museum quality, one-of-a-kind textiles, hand printed between 1970 and 2012 by d.d. and Leslie Tillett Inc. or Tillett and Rauscher Inc.. No two masks are quite alike.
Tillett fabrics were originally created for the decorator trade, as well as for bespoke garments, scarves and fashion accessories. Each textile presents a unique design resulting from the combination of exclusive Tillett patterns with proprietary dying, striping and printing techniques. Each fabric was created to custom order, and never repeated again. Textiles from both Tillett companies are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, among other institutions.
These fabrics vary from light silk to heavy canvas and present a range of weaves, textures and ‘hands’. Our colors are acrylic based and applied in various dilutions. For this reason each mask performs differently. The heavier canvases sit sculpturally on the face and allow for comfortable breathing through the side openings. The lighter textiles permit through breathing and cozier long term wear. We hope the buyer will embrace the special characteristics of our masks, celebrate that half the purchase price goes to a vital cause and therefore understand that all mask sales are final.
We have many unusual artifacts and we intend to spread them all out for sale. New things will hit the yard every Saturday.