With the partial lifting of the government- mandated lockdown on account of the coronavirus in India, people are now beginning to slowly go back to their normal routines and stepping out of the house. And while the demand for personal protective equipment was high anyway since the pandemic took over the world, now more and more people are turning to masks and protective gear to save themselves from the virus as they step out, especiallly since the number of cases in India in on the rise. While N95 and surgical masks are most popular, cloth masks have proven to be equally effective and are fashionable. They are soft, comfortable and flexible while providing ample coverage to the nose and mouth. They offer features such as triple-layer filtration, leakage control (to prevent an unfiltered airflow), ultra-cool technology and protection from pollution, pollen, smoke and dust.
Moreover, these masks are washable and can be re-used. While specialized masks (N95/surgical) have seen a surge in demand, the Indian government and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have also issued an advisory on usage of cloth masks or homemade mask as an approved option to contain the spread.
All major fashion brands like Louis Phillippe, Jack & Jones, Max and W for Women have started making cloth masks and selling them online. In fact major Indian designers like Anita Dongre, Masaba Gupta among others have also been manufacturing masks. Amazon Fashion has launched a dedicated mask store offers that offers over 500 cloth masks from over 35 sellers across the country. You can also find masks made by local sellers like Wear Your Opinion, Bon Organik, Rapsodia among others.
Here are a few recommended options if you are in search of a mask that suits your fashion needs.
Check out the unique designs of the masks stocked at Masaba Gupta’s collection, Maskaba and also those being made by Anita Dongre’s fashion house.
While these may be a bit over-the-top with all the glitzy additions and not the most practical option, especially in times of a pandemic, they are an interesting touch to the wardrobe, especially if you are a fashion lover and style influencer.
Print on print is always in fashion and these soft masks are available in tropical, geometric and quirky styles.
Soothing floral designs in subtle pastels are perfect for everyday wear and are feminine
Checks and Stripes
Masks in muted checks and stripes are ideal to wear to work they keep the look professional along with being functional.
Pick from a range of bright, bold and solid coloured masks, one for every day of the week.
(With IANS inputs )