Sporting a masks has develop into the brand new regular within the metropolis, and residents are getting artistic with the face gear.
The blue/inexperienced, single-use surgical masks that had been offered en masse when the lockdown was enforced are slowly dropping out of trend, being changed with vibrant masks with attire-matching designs.
Within the markets of town, printed masks have gotten a favorite amongst fashionable kids. As per Narinder Singh, president of Sadar Bazaar in Sector 19, whereas sale of garments is nearly negligible, masks are proving to be the saving grace for shopkeepers. “Many material sellers at the moment are additionally stocking masks following elevated demand from prospects,” he mentioned.
Masks with razor-sharp tooth and bony skeleton smiles printed on them might be seen peeking from the retailers like an Indian model of Halloween ornament. Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala can be seen featured on these masks. Shopkeeper Tarun Khurana mentioned fancy masks are promoting much less now and the pattern has shifted in direction of unisex masks with vibrant prints. Youngsters, nevertheless, are nonetheless serious about shopping for masks with photos of superheroes like Superman and Ben 10.
Masks with faces printed
A brand new pattern has additionally emerged: folks getting their very own faces printed on masks so that folks can recognise them. Proprietor of Kennedy Movies in Sector 22B, Naresh Kumar Madaan, mentioned that they print pictures on clean masks as per prospects’ calls for: “We will print any design, however principally folks desire a image of their very own faces. I actually put on such a masks and it attracts consideration.” It takes about an hour for the masks to get printed and Madaan sells about 7-Eight such items on daily basis.
The Khadi showroom in Sector 17 has additionally attained a cult standing for his or her colourfully designed masks. As per Daman, a salesman right here, costs can vary from ₹20 to ₹60. “The dearer masks manufactured from silk and that includes shiny, colourful designs that ladies normally match with their fits and sarees are our bestsellers. The strong colored cotton masks in brown and beige for gents are available in second.” She mentioned that it took a while, however they’re now promoting between 50-100 masks day by day.
Demand shifting from polyester to cotton
Anticipating the demand increase for them, some entrepreneurs have additionally began manufacturing their very own manufacturers of masks. Rajat Malhora, who already works within the textile trade, mentioned he had stitching machines that had been mendacity idle that at the moment are getting used to provide masks. “We began in April and it has been fascinating to see how folks’s preferences in masks have shifted from polyester to cotton,” he mentioned.
The costliest masks can promote for as excessive as ₹200 per piece, and are embroidered to match and distinction with ladies’s garments. “We’ve acquired many orders for these high-end masks as folks need to make a press release when attending marriages as of late,” added Malhora.