Development of design prototypes and needs analysis of consumers of fine dust mask -focused on children and young adults-

Jeong Sun Lee, Ae Ran Koh, Lim Jeong Ryu, Ye Rin Hwang, Jee Hyun Lee

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This research investigated the needs analysis on consumers of fine dust masks to effectively develop a design prototype. Data were collected through focus group interviews on 32 individuals who have used fine dust masks. As a result, there is a new demand by consumers for technology based design changes that better fit the nose and face. Consumers preferred the smell and feel of traditional Korean paper. Young adults expressed the importance of masks that can be used for protection as well as fashion. The prototype improved the drawbacks of existing models using an origami-inspired design in a variety of colors, patterns and in sizes that are customized to fit the wearer. The proposed prototype is made of Dak felt fibers and jersey materials. It is characterized by downward-facing ear bands made of polyurethane to improve the fit around the ears and chin to more effectively block incoming air. The mask is foldable and has a crease that goes along the chin to increase the amount of enclosed space against the face making it easier to breathe compared to existing mask designs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-591
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Aug 1

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© 2019, The Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles. All rights reserved.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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