Stylish face masks and where to get them in Pakistan

Pakistani brands such as Generation, Rastah, Khaadi and Nishat Linen release their own lines of reusable face masks to fill this need. (Photo courtesy: Social media)
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Updated 12 July 2020

Stylish face masks and where to get them in Pakistan

  • From intricate prints and embroideries to bold statement designs, Pakistani retailers offer a variety of reusable face masks to fetch a stylish look at all times
  • Many brands are donating the sales from their face mask collections to organizations helping persons affected by COVID-19

RAWALPINDI: After health officials recommended wearing face covering for protection against the coronavirus, many Pakistani retailers produced their own masks to fill this need. From intricate prints and embroideries to bold statement motifs, designers offer a variety of reusable face masks to fetch a stylish look at all times and keep stocks of medical masks available to health professionals and those who need them most. 
Some brands have also pledged that sales of these masks will be going toward supporting communities affected by the outbreak and restrictions that followed.
Arab News has compiled a list places where you can purchase a reusable mask and add a unique twist to your outfits.




Using their khaddar fabric that fans of the brand love, Khaadi retails embroidered and colorful masks that are washable and reusable. (Photo courtesy: Khaadi)

Khaadi

Pakistan’s most famous high-street retailer was one of the first Pakistani brands to release its own line of masks. For less than Rs200, fashion lovers can grab embroidered and printed stylish face covering, including one that plays on the phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On” with “Keep Calm and Keep Distance.” They also have embroidered rickshaws and masks with traditional patterns. While many designs on their website and social media are already sold out, Khaadi says their in-store supply is still available.

Generation

In the beginning of the virus outbreak, Generation put their leftover fabrics to use for face masks. Customers would get them with each order to stitch masks themselves. The brand over the past few years has been turning greener and often opts to reuse fabric in its collections. Reusable masks from leftover materials fit right in with the brand’s ethos, while for every Generation fan their bright traditional prints are worth snatching up.




 Nishat Linen creates non-medical fabric masks for kids, featuring design choices such as bright flowers and superheroes. (Photo courtesy: Nishat Linen)

Nishat Linen

Nishat Linen took a different approach to face covering, opting to make fun embroidered fabric masks exclusively for their kids line. With designs featuring pretty embroidered flowers and motifs of superheroes such as Spiderman, Nishat is encouraging children to observe safety measures with a stylish flair. The masks are mostly sold out in their online shop, but still available at physical stores.

Rastah

Premier Pakistani streetwear brand Rastah put their fabric reserves to use almost immediately after COVID-19. All proceeds of the mask sales go to support Pakistani daily wage workers, many of whom lost their sources of livelihood due to coronavirus lockdowns and the ensuing economic slowdown. The brand created masks featuring embroidery with Urdu calligraphy and the block prints they are known for in their street style apparel.

International rands making masks that ship to Pakistan are aplenty, including those from sustainable fashion and high fashion. Everlane, for example, introduced masks to their 100% Human line which gives proceeds to different rights groups, while Asos offers hundreds of patterns to choose from.


At least 30 injured in grenade attack in Pakistan at Kashmir rally

Updated 05 August 2020

At least 30 injured in grenade attack in Pakistan at Kashmir rally

  • The attack was claimed by Sindhudesh Revolutionary Army, a separatist outfit that has become active in the past months
  • Organized by Jamaat-e-Islami, a religious right party, the rally was called off after the attack

KARACHI: At least 30 people were injured in a grenade attack on a rally in Karachi on Wednesday, as Pakistan marked the first anniversary of India’s revocation of Kashmir’s semi-autonomy.
The wounded were rushed to different hospitals, where one was in a critical condition, an official from the provincial health department said.
“A grenade was lobbed in the rally, causing several casualties,” Karachi police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon told Reuters.
The attack was claimed by Sindhudesh Revolutionary Army, a separatist outfit that has become active in the past months.
In June, four people were killed including two soldiers in three consecutive explosions claimed by the SRA.
The group wants Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital, to break from the Pakistani federation. It has also announced its alliance with the Balochistan Liberation Army, a militant group fighting for greater autonomy for the Balochistan region in southwestern Pakistan.
The attack took place as similar rallies were held across the country. The Karachi rally, organized by Jamaat-e-Islami, a religious right party, was called off after the attack.
Last August, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government stripped Jammu and Kashmir — India’s only Muslim-majority state — of its special rights and split it into two federally administered territories.
The government said the change was necessary to develop the revolt-torn region and integrate it with the rest of India, but it infuriated many Kashmiris as well as neighboring Pakistan.
Kashmir is claimed in full by India and Pakistan, which have gone to war twice over it, and both rule parts of it.
Indian authorities deployed troops and curbed public movement on Wednesday to stop potential protests in Kashmir.