Popular Khadi face mask set to go global
New Delhi: The widely popular Khadi face mask is set to go global. The Khadi and Village Industries Commission, KVIC is exploring the possibility of exporting the Khadi cotton and silk face masks to foreign countries after the Ministry of Commerce and Industries lifted the ban on export of non-medical and non-surgical masks.
The KVIC is planning to supply khadi face masks in Dubai, USA, Mauritius and several European and Middle East countries where Khadi’s popularity has grown significantly over the last few years.
The move is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for “Local to Global” announced by him during his address to the nation.
KVIC Chairman, Vinai Kumar Saxena said, the export of Khadi masks is an example of “Local to Global”.
He said, the export of Khadi masks will lead to spike in production and ultimately create large scale employment opportunity for artisans in India. Mr. Saxena said, these masks prepared from double twisted khadi fabric which are cost effective, washable, reusable and bio-degradable.
The KVIC has so far received orders to supply eight lakh masks and has already supplied more than six lakh masks during lockdown. Apart from this, over 7.5 lakh Khadi masks have been distributed free of cost to the district authorities.