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In a COVID-19-struck fashionscape, there are acts of compassion by India’s design fraternity that are helping us imagine fashion beyond runways and racks. The latest to join the efforts is Mumbai-based designer Anavila Misra, who has designed masks for and donated to local postmen.

Image: Courtesy Anavila Misra
Image: Courtesy Anavila Misra

Known for her experiments with linen and reimagining the Indian sari, Misra, along with her team, has donated masks to the Post Master General of Mumbai for the local postmen and women who have been serving tirelessly through the lockdown. She delivered the first batch of 200 masks on Friday at her local post office in Khar and will continue to make more. Created in linen with an inner layer of soft mulmul, these can be washed and reused, with the elastic covered with soft cotton for additional comfort.

Image: Courtesy Anavila Misra
Image: Courtesy Anavila Misra

“We have been using the Indian postal service since the very beginning to deliver our fabrics and receive work from remote clusters of India,” says Misra, “They have been an integral part of our brand and it’s indeed humbling to be of some service to the frontline warriors of Indian postal service who have shown utmost commitment towards the nation and its people during these difficult times.”

The donation comes in the wake of 36 members of the Mumbai postal fraternity being diagnosed COVID positive and five of them succumbing to the virus. The postal community has been responsible for delivering more than 24,000 kilos of medical equipments and PPE kits to the hospitals and medical units.

Image: Courtesy Anavila Misra
Image: Courtesy Anavila Misra

“During the lockdown phase, the India Post Mumbai delivered more than a pension value of Rs 57,96,4390 to senior citizens,” informs Swati Pandey, Postmaster-General, Mumbai. “Most of them to the doorsteps of the pensioners in order to ensure complete quarantine to them.”

Post pandemic fashion might be inching towards sustainability and technological advancements, but these responsible acts of welfare keep the human spirit alive.