CHENNAI: With an increasing demand for masks, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has started selling khadi cotton and silk masks online. While the cotton face masks are priced at Rs 30 a piece, the silk masks are available for Rs 100 each.
KVIC has begun selling khadi masks online so that people get genuine products, said chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena. “Many online portals have been selling ‘khadi’ masks which are neither handmade nor made of genuine khadi fabric. People fall for such misleading ads.”
Khadi fabric, also known as khaddar, is a hand woven natural fibre that is quite porous and breathable. To make sure droplets don’t pass through the fabric, the khadi cotton face masks are made of double-twisted cotton and are double-layered with three pleats. The silk masks are triple-layered with two inner layers of 100% khadi cotton and a top layer of khadi silk fabric. The masks comply with ICMR quality.
While the cotton ones are available in small, medium and large sizes, the silk masks come in a standard size with adjustable, beaded ear loops. “The silk masks are available in a wide range of colours in solid, printed fabric,” said Saxena.
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