In its bid to combat the spread of Coronavirus, countries worldwide are issuing an advisory asking people to wear face masks while stepping out of their houses. A homemade mask will also be allowed apart from a readymade mask, PM Narendra Modi stressed in his address.
Several self help groups, NGOs and local administration have joined hands to ensure that masks -- a very essential means of protection from the infection-- reach everyone in the country.
Fashion designer Masaba Gupta on Wednesday announced that she will be producing non-surgical masks as her contribution in the country's battle against the Coronavirus pandemic. The Mumbai-based designer, who owns the label House of Masaba which has come to a halt amid lockdown like any other workplace, has launched the self-explanatory initiative 'Maskaba'.
Director Shoojit Sircar on Wednesday took to his Twitter handle to comment on 'Face masks' and said that soon they will become a fashion accessory and 'social status' just like jewellery or handbags or any other designer accessory.
The October director further added that there will be 'designer label face masks' for different occassions too.
“Face masks” are going to be a fashion accessory and social status soon like jewellery, handbags, hats, belts, scarves, watches, sunglasses etc. Designer label face masks for weddings/birthdays/anniversary etc. :)— Shoojit Sircar (@ShoojitSircar) April 15, 2020
New business for garment industry. Face mask and gloves— sanchcasm (@shallowworld) April 15, 2020
Hahahah! Who would’ve thought sir.— Twiinkle Saaj (@twiinklesaaj) April 15, 2020
I hope it doesn't— abhishek anand (@2493Anand) April 15, 2020
In India, so far, at least five states and a union territory, have made wearing face masks mandatory in public places. Meanwhile, the Centre has made wearing face masks mandatory in workplaces which will come into effect from April 20.
Changing gears for some time In the wake of the current pandemic & lockdown across the country, all operations at the House of Masaba came to a halt. While the damage that this will do is immeasurable at this point, my hope is to keep my chin up by doing my bit to help my country instead-in this time. We have started the production of non-surgical masks for donation at a production facility keeping all hygiene & safety standards in mind. These masks are washable & reusable. - the Masks are being made from fabric that was meant for garments, at one of our production vendors. The team is small- with 3 workers who live at this same facility in quarantine & we are making sure the workers are being paid, and are taken care of. #MasKaba #HouseofMasaba #Masks #Covid #Covid19 #StayAtHome #InThisTogether
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