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Face masks are now a form of expression

Apart from being used as a form of protection, they are also becoming a way to express our feelings and put forth our views on pressing issues going around in our society.

fashion-and-trends Updated: Jul 15, 2020 17:52 IST
Akshay Kaushal
Akshay Kaushal
Hindustan Times
Designer Saran Kohli, who suffers from vitiligo since childhood, came up with the idea of making vitiligo face masks to initiate an open conversation on the condition.
Designer Saran Kohli, who suffers from vitiligo since childhood, came up with the idea of making vitiligo face masks to initiate an open conversation on the condition.

Face masks have become a very integral part of our lives during the pandemic. And what is being noticed now is that apart from being used as a form of protection, they are also becoming a way to express our feelings and put forth our views on pressing issues going around in our society. So what brings this paradigm shift in masks, from being just something functional and protective to becoming a form of revolution? 

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Today. Tomorrow. And Forever More. . . Let’s have a real chat. Understanding and acknowledging that Black Lives Matter, is not subscribing to a notion that other lives don’t. It’s simply saying, "hey, the lives of Black people should matter just as much as anyone else’s." If that doesn’t resonate with you, you may need to take a look in the mirror. If one of your children were being mistreated at school, you’re not going to say, "I know you’re hurting but all of your siblings matter too so get over it." That’s what the counter of All Lives Matter is saying. You’re saying that it’s ok that Black people are mistreated. . And for the love of God, being supportive of equal HUMAN treatment for Black people does NOT mean you’re anti-police. You can respect (good) law enforcement officers AND acknowledge that the lives of Black people matter. I believe that some people find their disdain for Black people can be validated by jumping on the All Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter movement’s. That’s your safe place because it allows you to harbor hate in your heart for someone that doesn’t look like you. I’m not anti-police. I am anti racist, bully, and supremacy police. There are many good officers such as my friend @tnorman23. He should be the standard, not the prize. But anyway, this is the last time I attempt to explain this. At this point to me, you’ll be assumed a racist if you choose not to understand. . -Toni Duclottni . . #blacklivesmatter #icantbreathe #blm #facemask #mask #blmmask

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Designer Saran Kohli, who himself suffers from vitiligo since childhood, came up with the idea of making vitiligo face masks to initiate an open conversation on the condition. “I always wanted to push this topic for a discussion and I took the help of masks, because they are not just a form of protection for us now. They are beyond that and the recent example of the Black Lives Matter masks, which had I Can’t Breathe written on it, states the very fact that fashion masks during these times have become a language or a form of expression for many. My hope is to begin open conversations and educate people about vitiligo via these visual representations,” says the London-based designer.

 

Fashion designer Suneet Varma also agrees that fashion has a great role to play during these trying times. “Masks are now becoming more about self protection and self expression. Everyone knows that they are at risk, so people are speaking their minds. When you wear a mask with a message or either the gay flag or the political satire, you are voicing your morals and sentiments. I think it is a very good time to say without speaking,” he says.

Designer Rina Dhaka is of the view that a mask is our new face. “ Pride, Black Lives Matter and Vote — these are all messages signifying our times and these masks are just making it more relevant,” she says.

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