Traditional KIMONO Maker Creates Face Masks for Nightclub Hostesses

Traditional KIMONO Maker Creates Face Masks for Nightclub Hostesses

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A kimono maker partners with a nightclub operator to develop hostess-friendly face masks. Hostesses can easily sip drinks and can still create an alluring atmosphere.

According to Japan Today, the creator got inspiration from the veils worn by belly dancers. The mask has three vertical strips of cloth. They form a curtain covering the nose and mouth, with the strip in the center being double thickness.

Face Veil makes the user not have to remove the mask. She can raise the middle strip of the cloth to either eat or drink.

Kimono maker Otozuki company and a night club operator in Yamagata prefecture are now selling Face Veils online. A liquor retailing cooperative in the city helps them to sell the masks.

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The price ranges from $20 to $36 with a variety of colors and traditional fabrics to choose from.

“They are less uncomfortable than (normal) face masks,” an official at the cooperative said. “They are becoming popular among women working in the nightlife industry.”

People who have skin problems and musicians also purchased the masks, according to the cooperative.

Nightlife businesses in Japan were among those that were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, they are sekkyaku inshokugyō (drinking establishments with hostesses or hosts). This means their businesses did not get government aid.

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