Developing Comfortable Cloth Face Masks: An Experiment with Four-Ply Cloth

Zahro, Siti and Mustikasari, Hany and Mukti, Yayon Pamula and Wardhana, Ardyan Prima (2022) Developing Comfortable Cloth Face Masks: An Experiment with Four-Ply Cloth. International Journal of Sustainable Developing and Planning, 17 (7). pp. 2229-2237. ISSN 1743-7601 (Print); 1743-761X (Online)

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The public usage of disposable masks is indeed practical to reduce the spread of covid-19, but they generate unrecyclable waste. This research aims to develop a pattern of cloth masks comfortable enough for citizens to use in their any activity to minimize plastic waste of disposable masks by switching to cloth masks. The method of this research is research and development (R & D) adopting seven of the ten steps of Borg and Gall’s model. Those seven steps include research and information collecting, planning, develop preliminary of product, preliminary field testing, main product revision, main field testing, and product revision. The data of this research are the quantitative data collected by distributing questionnaires to respondent users and the qualitative ones gained by holding interviews with the subjects in the main field testing. Subsequently, the techniques for data analysis are interactive model for qualititative data and the descriptive analysis for quantitative data. The findings show that after stages of revision and modification, cloth masks can offer users comfort that they need and seek. The development of the products is based definitely on users’ complaints and suggestions on what part of cloth masks, be it the main part or the supporting one, causes them to experience discomfort in their indoor or outdoor activities. This research only focuses on the level of comfort users feel while speaking and breathing inside cloth masks. Therefore, future research needs to focus on other properties of cloth masks such as their absorption and their filtration efficiency after being washed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: masks, comfortable, pattern, layers, material, clot
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Creative Industry > Department of Fashion and Lifestyle Product Design
Depositing User: SITI ZAHRO
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2022 01:49
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2023 08:24

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