How about a dash of kasavu on your mask this Onam?

How would you want your mask for Onam? A slim gold border with a tiny, gold embroidered elephant; a pink strip or a black one with a warmth print of a Kathakali actor; Theyyam motif or a easy off-white and gold one. With the festive season, mask producers have turned to manufacturing the ‘season’s specials’ known as Onam masks.

“We have had several enquiries for Onam masks — off-white and gold and festive looking ones, which is why we got into making these. Individuals and companies too. People want the masks to match with their Onam outfits,” says Reshmi Praveen, a producer of masks. These masks are two-ply. She and her husband, Praveen Symphony, run a unit in Tripunithura, which has been manufacturing masks since lockdown.

Not solely have they been manufacturing for wholesale stockists, they retail as nicely. For these seeking to match their masks with the Onam Kerala sari or set-mundu, the off-white and gold ones are good. Black and ivory masks with Kerala motifs — Kathakali, Theyyam, mural work — printed on them are unisex. The designs are warmth printed on the masks, the impact of the motifs is dramatic.

Mask with Kathakali motif

Mask with Kathakali motif  

Kottayam-based designer Dona Ann Kurian has stored her Onam masks easy — sticking to off-white and gold with a distinction border: pink, maroon, blue and inexperienced. “I wanted to keep to these basic colours as they are likely to go with most Kerala sari-blouse combinations,” Dona says. Her three-ply masks, with adjustable ear loops, are available two sizes (children and adults) like Reshmi’s and two shapes — common and curved on the nostril.

The vogue design scholar retails her masks through Instagram (@crafted_donut). While Dona has no minimal order stipulation for transport, Reshmi has a minimal 5 masks coverage. Dona’s masks are priced ₹70-80 relying on the sample and Reshmi ₹200 for 5. (Reshmi 74033110044/Dona 9819973967)

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