Women are making DIY masks all across the world and urging everyone to step out of home only when needed and with proper protection. The need of the hour is to save the surgical masks for the health workers. However, precautions are necessary to fight against COVID-19 and these women from different walks of life show us how you can make masks at home.
India’s T-20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur shows us how to slay it off the field. Fans are impressed as a tweet posted by Elle India showcased Kaur demonstrating her stitching skills. She is making masks at home and you should too!
In the video, Kaur was quoted saying “I admire my parents. My dad taught me how to bat and today I will show a talent I gained from my mother.”
You’ve seen cricketer @ImHarmanpreet battle it out on the pitch. But here’s a
never-seen-before side of her. Tune in as she stitches herself a mask.
.#ELLEexclusive #HarmanpreetKaur #Indian #Cricketer #Sewing #Skills pic.twitter.com/hjCLK1ZVGs
— ELLE India (@ELLEINDIA) April 4, 2020
In the video, she is seen using sky blue cloth to make masks. Kaur, who led India to its maiden appearance in the final of the Women’s T20 World Cup, said she learnt this skill from her mother.
An 11-year-old corona warrior Ananya Patel from Varanasi demonstrates the art of making a homemade mask. “This is my first time on the sewing machine. I could not get the masks right initially, and I wasted some material. Now I am used to making them. I will continue with this task even after this illness is over so that the poor can be protected against pollution,” Ananya, a student of class five, told The Week.
Ananya is making these masks from the cloth bags we find at vegetable shops. She made them from scratch and for her first batch, she used Rs 5 from her savings.“I never thought that they should look good but I just wanted to do my best”, she said.
“I do not know what I will do in the future but for now everyone should contribute to fighting this virus,” Ananya urges.
When Thirty-year-old Suhani Mohan heard about the shortage of protective face masks in medical facilities, she started a project to craft masks by converting her sanitary pad machine. “I did a bit of research and found that manufacturing a mask was pretty similar to making sanitary pads,” she told ET.
In a midst of #Coronavirus #pandemic, this is a story of hope.
Meet @suhani Mohan, @anandmahindra ‘s idea for #Padman sequel. Her menstrual products start-up @saral_designs joined hands with the Mahindra Gr to modify their sanitary pad-making machine into producing 3-ply masks. pic.twitter.com/MCiEVUCy9A
— Teena Thacker (@Teensthack) April 4, 2020
After a successful trial, Suhani said, “We have 30 machines all over India which manufacture sanitary pads. We are primarily machine manufacturers, and once we have started, we plan to take it forward. I believe that capacity should not be a constraint. We should not be dependent on any other country.” While the new masks are yet to reach the market, Suhani has found her first two customers at home in her brother and sister-in-law.“Everyone at home is happy that they have protection.”
Another heartwarming story of IAS officer, Pamela Satpathy. On Sunday she shared a tweet with the caption, “My Mother making #Masks on mission mode for my Municipal Corporation! Mummy, you inspire me in a million ways #StayHomeSaveLives #IndiaFightsCorona.”
— Pamela Satpathy (@PamelaSatpathy) March 28, 2020
The tweet clearly shows Satpathy’s mother with a sewing machine and stitching face masks for other people.
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