A man hangs up face masks to dry at a workshop in Kampung Anggur, Tangerang, Banten, on Thursday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Making Face Masks in Tangerang


APRIL 09, 2020

Residents of Kampung Anggur, a small suburban area in Tangerang, West Java, just outside of Jakarta, have banded together to make up to 200 cloth face masks every day after the government recommended wearing a mask in public – even for healthy people – to contain the spread of Covid-19. 

The residents get the cotton scraps for the masks from a man who owns a clothing factory in the kampung. Everyone in the kampung can be a volunteer at the makeshift workshop to stitch and wash the masks before distributing them to nearby communities.

They use a manual sewing machine and scrap paper usually from old newspaper or unused poster to make a stitch patern. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A manual sewing machine and old newspaper used to make the stitch patterns for the masks. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A woman dries up hundred of cloth facemask in Kampung Anggur, Tangerang, Banten on Thursday (09/04). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Face masks hanging up to dry after being washed. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man uses a sewing machine to make a cloth face mask. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Sewing a face mask at the workshop. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A cat lays in cloth face mask raw material. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A cat taking a nap on top of cotton scraps used to make the face masks. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Hundred of cloth face mask is drying up under the sun. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
More face masks drying under the sun. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A worker uses a scissors to make a stitch pattern. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Cutting up a cotton scrap according to the stitch pattern. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man puts hundred of mask on a raffia rope before drying it again in the sun (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
This man's job is to hang washed face masks on a rope before they are packed away. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)