Volvo Batik Reusable Face Mask

Volvo Batik Reusable Face Mask

In efforts to promoting sustainability and contributing to the revival of our Malaysian art scene during an uncertain time, Volvo Car Malaysia has collaborated with a local manufacturer to support and provide artisan masters the opportunity to earn a continuous income despite the pandemic.

Staying true to our heritage, we have chosen to use Malaysian batik produced by homegrown experts as its staple textile for their handcrafted batik face masks.

The local manufacturer we have tied up with provides single mothers, stay at home mothers and GIATMARA graduates based in Taiping, Perak the opportunity to work by making clothes and PPE items cut and hand sewn by them. For each face mask produced, an individual from this target community group will be fairly compensated.

By choosing to use authentically produced batik, we hope to revoke a sentiment of gratitude for local craftmasters.

Design

Jasmine Flower
Stargazer
Sunflower

Volvo Car Malaysia wanted to preserve the traditional premises of Malaysian batik motif yet have a contemporary look and feel to the motifs used for their mask design. Hence, it was decided that for the first edition of masks produced, the batik motif is based on flora commonly found in Malaysia yet not used in traditional Malaysian batiks such as the sunflower, stargazer lilies and jasmine flower.

Nano-coating Technology

Nano-coating refers to the covering of materials with a layer of the nanometer scale (10-100 nm in thickness) proprietary hybrid materials in improving some property or for imparting new functionality. For this reusable, hygienic face mask, the embedment process has been done to give and enable a new functionality which is the antibacterial properties. Nanoscale property was added after the base textile has been fabricated.

The antibacterial layer is also known as the silent guardian who works 24/7 days a week, to protect you from bacteria and microorganisms that are harmful to health.

Manufacturing Process

The manufacturing process of our Batik face mask started with the drawing. Batik drawing is made from a wax-resin mix and drawn by hand either by block printing (hand crafted) or by "canting" (drawing with specially made fountain pen-like device for liquefied wax).

Many artisans learned the craft from their ancestors with the knowledge being handed down from generation to generation and this is what keeps the tradition alive.

Packaging

We are extremely proud of our efforts on sustainability. 3 reusable fabrics (non-medical) face masks have been packed into specially commissioned box packaging made of FSC certified paper.

Ink - The ink used to print our packaging is soy ink, which is made from soybeans. While slower to dry than many types of ink, it provides more accurate colours and makes it easier to recycle paper.

Tips and Tricks

  • How to wash the face mask?

    Your reusable fabric (non-medical) face mask is suitable for hand wash and machine washing. Wash your face mask with water and regular detergent at 40 degrees Celsius. For the washing machine, place your face mask in a mesh laundry bag. Hang out to dry.

  • Want to smell fragrances while wearing your face mask?

    Cut a stalk of lavender, rosemary or thyme and place into the filter pocket. You will smell these relaxing, fragrant herbs all day long everywhere you go without having to resort using perfume or other fragrances.

  • Run out of filters?

    No Problem! You can cut PPE fabric into rectangles and use it as a filter. Alternatively, you can use disposable medical masks and slip under your filter pocket.

  • Nowhere to keep your masks?

    Use your silicone ziplock bag that comes with the packaging as a mask pouch.