Kerala photographer makes masks with your face printed on it. Price? Just Rs 60
Are you worried about the fact that your loved ones won't recognise you while you wear a mask amid the novel coronavirus pandemic? Well, that problem has been taken care of now.
A photographer in the quaint town of Kottayam in Kerala appears to have solved this issue for the rest of the world. Binesh Paul, who has his studio in Ettumanoor, can make a mask for you that will feature your face and everyone can recognise you.
"During the lockdown, everyone was wearing a mask. When I went to the nearby store, they couldn't recognise me. So, I was also worried. How can we identify people? I have a studio where I print t-shirts and mugs. I thought of doing the same for masks," Binesh said.
Binesh's family has been in the photography business for almost 55 years. Earlier, it was Binesh who made tiny, compact wedding albums which were a rage and now his face masks are also hit in God's own country.
Binesh said that it initially took a while to take off but in less than a week of introducing it, he has already sold 3,000 masks and has another 5,000 orders.
"From kids to 75-year-olds, all are asking for masks. For kids, we are doing some cartoon characters and the elders want their own faces on the masks. Youngsters want their helmet designs and women want saree designs," he said.
A photograph of the customer is taken and only the portion that a mask covers is edited out. That half of the face is printed on an A4 paper. Using sublimation technology, the image is printed on the mask and all this is done in 15 minutes.
"This is pretty unique and one of a kind. I can be recognised by many people wearing this mask rather than a plain mask," Phino Babu, a satisfied customer, said.
The masks sold at Binesh's studio are dual-layered with faces imprinted on them. They are sold for Rs 60. Binesh is now planning to incorporate triple layer and N95 masks as well.
"I think the mask is pretty cool and it's a rage in Kottayam. There is a problem of not getting recognised and I heard this place does this and went there right away," Jacob Jaise, a college student from Kottayam who bought a mask from Binesh, said.
Binesh's masks are now quite famous and he has orders from Kuwait and USA as well. He didn't have any business during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown and the studio remained shut but with the increasing demand for these masks, he hopes to bridge the gap soon.
With masks being the new normal, here's a photographer ensuring that you wear one with a smile.