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Each Mask is Unique and Handcrafted in Laos by Local Artisans
The Story Behind our Face Masks
Our Connection to Laos
Passa Paa and Hmong Artisans
Our masks are handcrafted by the local artisans at Passa Paa (IG: Passapaa), a Hmong artisan social enterprise. The contemporary designs are influenced by traditional Hmong patterns and motifs. During the pandemic, production has turned primarily towards making these beautiful masks. Passa Paa donates one mask to a local villager for every mask purchased from them.
Urban Yogis has collaborated with Passa Paa to create our own, Urban Yogis branded face masks. These masks are handmade in Laos. Urban Yogis and Passa Paa thank you for supporting Laos artisans.
Indigo Face Masks
The many different motifs symbolise life in the outside world, a life lived alongside the natural elements. The Hmong were traditionally a nomadic people and formed their communities in the mountain tops of Laos, so it is no wonder that their textile motifs reflect the world around them. You will find symbols that represent nature such as pumpkin seeds, elephants footprints, leaf fronds and the geometric patterns of their stepped rice fields. These motifs symbolise abundance, fertility, strength, protection and infinity and through incorporating them into their textile designs they pay homage and gratitude to their relationship with nature.