Filipino fashion designer Mich Dulce’s design for personal protective equipment (PPE) suits for doctors have been accepted as medical grade and adopted by other countries
Countries such as Algeria, Thailand, Bolivia, Michigan, Egypt, Indonesia, Australia, Botswana, Nepal, Belarus, and Morocco have adopted Mich Dulce’s PPE suits using Taffeta Silver Back Lining (SBL).
Dulce first used the Taffeta SBL donated by family and friends of Dr. Reina Diane Tajonera in her design. Cynthia Diaz, co-founder & logistics head of Manila Protective Gear Sewing Club, Mich Dulce’s collaborator in the PPE project, says the Taffeta SBL material for PPEs is ideal because it is waterproof, reusable or rewashable, and can withstand autoclaving.
The initiative started on March 20, 2020, when Mitch posted that she and Cynthia Diaz had rolls of 75gsm non woven fabric that Diaz would like to donate that can be made into protective suits, masks, and shoe covers.
Their prototype was approved by Infectious Disease Specialist and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jesus Julio Ancheta of Medical City Sta. Rosa.
On March 25, Dulce announced on her Facebook that the protective suit has been medically reviewed by Open Source COVID19 Medical Supplies headed by Gui Cavalcanti in Berkeley, California. She offered her prototype as an open-source gown design.
“We are excited to announce that we have our first medically-reviewed open source suit design!!! The Open Source Medical Supplies medical team has reviewed this gown design, and suggests you make it out of the Tyvek 1433R (i.e. thin and flexible covering) you would find in any hardware store.” Gui Cavalcanti posted.
Manila Protective Gear Sewing Club released the Open Source Protective Suit Technical Pack and Patterns detailed guide on how to create the suit design. The tech pack has been translated into the Indonesian language.
Mich Dulce was a featured designer in the Bright New Things offered in the United Kingdom’s iconic store, Selfridges.
Queen of Mindanaoan Fashion Guela Ampong created the Philippine-flag inspired washable and reusable Frontliners Hazmat using the Department of Health approved-taffeta cloth.
Rizal-based designer Michael Leyva and his team also created personal protective suits, head covers, and face masks for frontliners in the fight against the coronavirus disease pandemic.
SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Mich Dulce and her team for her medical grade PPEs showcasing Filipino talent to the world.
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