Earlier this year, Chinese state media boasted of China’s “four great modern inventions.” Well, you can now make that five. Introducing the winter facekini.
Zhang Shifan invented the facekini years ago as a way for female Chinese beach-goers to protect their sensitive skin from the sun’s harmful rays and, presumably, scare away sharks. Earlier this month, she unveiled the latest iteration of her iconic facewear on a mountaintop in Qingdao.
Rather than the beach, this 8th-generation facekini is designed for the mountains, aimed at keeping your face nice and snug and warm in the blistering cold. The design was apparently inspired by the humble octopus (a well-known winter creature) and has the added benefit of making you look like Dr. Zoidberg or Cthulhu.
Wall Street Journal reporter Josh Chin couldn’t help but note that this facekini design was also likely inspired by the balaclava, a type of headgear that’s been around since the 19th century, worn frequently by skiers and bank robbers alike.
— Josh Chin 李肇华 (@joshchin) October 23, 2017
Though, who knows, perhaps its history dates back even further than that?
Remnants actually discovered in Han Dynasty tomb outside of Xian.
China invented the balaclava (though perhaps not the word).
— Sam Crane (@UselessTree) October 23, 2017
[Images via China Daily]
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