Help Fight COVID-19

Our Response to COVID-19

In mid-March of this year, when COVID-19 was impacting South Korea and spreading across the globe, SwatchOn asked our partners in the textile industry a question that was very different from our usual fashion focus:

What materials can you provide for non-medical face masks for the entire globe?

SwatchOn received an incredible response, so we:

  • Edited the enormous selection of optimal fabrics for masks and medical wear
  • Assembled all necessary components into easy-access ‘kits’
  • Reduced prices to wholesale for mask materials (eliminating our profit margin)
  • Provided free downloadable patterns for masks
  • Calculated the per-item material cost so designers could budget per-mask costs

We then created the following intuitive, click-to-buy resource for our worldwide community, including a FAQ for those in need of more info:

We then mobilized YOU, our network of thousands of amazing fashion designers around the globe, to consider creating masks hyper-locally, for your communities. Not only did you surpass our expectations – see our real-time counter showing total masks made from materials shipped to-date! – but many of you created masks for other regions, sending your creations, made by hand and heart, out to places in need.

So far, we have shipped mask materials to designers in 25 countries and counting!

We are honored and humbled to have played a part in your efforts, and will continue to support you by pledging to maintain full wholesale pricing for mask materials until COVID-19 pandemic is under control.

Mask Fabric
6,080 Yards
Mask Filter
4,909 Yards
Cord Elastic
84,673 Yards
Nose Wire
54,957 Yards
have been shipped / are being shipped to
United States, Canada, Germany, France
and 22 other countries.
This is 610,633 masks for our communities! Way to go designers!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.
Are masks effective to reduce the transmission of the virus?
A.

YES. While they are not direct substitutes for N95 surgical or procedural masks, these filter/surgical masks do offer a significant degree of protection against droplets with COVID-19, and should help reduce person-to-person droplet transmission of the virus.

On April 3, 2020, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) began officially recommending to wear “cloth face coverings” in public, to reduce community-based transmission of COVID-19.

“CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.”

Several countries outside the United States had also already mandated this as well. For Designers based in the U.S. The CDC’s full recommendations are here for reference.

As an additional resource on homemade masks, also see: Testing the Efficacy of Homemade Masks: Would They Protect in an Influenza Pandemic?

Q.
Is this a medical grade mask?
A.

No. The masks we have outlined here are not medical grade masks and do not replace N95 masks. However, as noted on the website GetusPPE.org:

“The Center for Disease Control notes that fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies are not available. N95 masks are in short supply, and people who don’t need them are using them. Surgical masks can serve lighter duty uses. Fabric face masks are best used to protect existing N95s and surgical masks.”

Q.
Who are these masks for?
A.

Depending where you live, and what’s needed at hospitals in your community, this answer can vary.
Please contact your local hospitals to find out what masks they will accept. As an overview, here is who masks can be created for:

  1. For first responders and front line medical staff : At minimum, when there is a shortage, fabric masks can be used by doctors and nurses on our front lines to protect existing N95s and surgical masks, so that necessary protection can last longer.
  2. For other healthcare staff, and those in essential services : Masks can be used by healthcare workers who are not working directly with COVID-19 patients, but who are in and around hospitals and need protections. And, for everyone in essential services such as grocery clerks and delivery people who are in high-exposure situations.
  3. For you and your community : Depending where you live and what the directives are around wearing masks in public, you can make these masks for those in your community – especially the elderly and those with compromised health.

Q.
How many masks can I make for each yard? How much will it cost?
A.
You can check out how many materials you need and how much they cost in each tutorial page. You can also see the details of each material by simply clicking its image or QL-code.
Q.
How long will it take for shipping?
A.
Shipping will take 2-5 days depending on your destination. Even if your country borders are closed for non-essential travel, we are currently seeing that all shipments are delivered! (current as of April 7, 2020)
Q.
Do you ship to my country?
A.
We now ship to the 59 countries: Please check here if we can ship to your country.
Q.
What kind of mask is needed for my community?
A.
Situations are different from country to country and even from small community to community. Please reach out to your local authorities and hospitals for detailed information. If you live in the United States, head here to locate places to donate masks. If you live in another country and have found a great resource, please email us at suna@swatchon.com with that information and we will include it here!
Q.
Why are you not donating fabrics?
A.
We can’t outright donate thousands of yardage of fabric, nor ship for free: We are a small Startup, based in South Korea, with limited funds, aiming to help on a global level. So we are doing our very best to support this situation across the board. Let’s all play a part, however we can. 🙏🏼
Q.
Is SwatchOn making any profits by selling these materials?
A.
No. To clarify, SwatchOn is in no way profiting from selling these materials: We have reduced the wholesale price of these items, and we completely eliminated surcharges for quantities under 50 yards (for ALL of you, not just verified brands already customers on our platform!). Please note that we still need to pay our suppliers’ minimum surcharges, and SwatchOn is covering that cost outright – we can’t put that expectation on our suppliers.
Q.
Can we get more discounts?
A.
As we don’t make any profits by selling these materials, we are not able to offer additional discounts for the mask-related products listed above. However, if you have plans to order 5,000 yards or more for any of the soft-trim items listed, we will do our best to negotiate with our suppliers to reduce the price. So please contact us at support@swatchon.com if you are going to order more than 5,000 yards for cord elastic/nose wires. We cannot guarantee that prices will get lower, but we will see what we can do.