Khadi Masks gain Global recognition and demand

The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) explore the possible option of exporting silk and cotton face masks to foreign countries. This is being done to promote “Vocal for Local”, that was initiated under Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.

Highlights

So far, the KVIC has received 8 lakh orders of masks and has supplied 6 lakhs during Lock down period. With overwhelming responses in India, KVIC is to expand the khadi masks globally. The plan is to supply Khadi Masks to countries such as USA, Dubai, Mauritius, middle east and to several other European countries.

Significance

The export of Khadi masks will help to increase production and ultimately help boost employment. As the masks are cost effective, breathable, reusable, washable and bio-degradable, their demands are increasing globally.

Also, their efficiency is high as they are made of double twisted Khadi fabric.

Why are cotton masks more comfortable?

The double twisted fabric helps retain moisture and creates easy passage for air. This makes cotton fabric more comfortable to wear. On the other hand, synthetic masks are not porous. Hence do not allow passage of air. It does not absorb the sweat as well. Hence, wearing synthetic masks increases perspiration and creates discomforts and itching forcing the users to touch or adjust the mask.

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