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A photograph of an Assamese bride with a fashionably-designed face mask has been garnering praise on social media. The embellished silk handloom cover matched her bridal trousseau, turning the face mask into a chic accessory.
Photos and videos of the bride, Nirmala Upadhyaya, who is an advocate at the Gauhati High Court, have since been widely shared on social media. Her wedding ceremony took place in Guwahati on 22 May.
Delhi-based economist Geetima Das Krishna was one of the first to share the photograph on Twitter on 23 May, which soon went viral. It has now been retweeted over 300 times and liked by more than 2,000 people.
Krishna told, “The photo was already viral in various WhatsApp groups when I decided to post it on Twitter. Amid all the news of gloom and doom, it was full of positive vibes and hope. It also showed the new normal. We have to learn to live with the virus.”
She explained how the mask has been made of Assam Paat silk, with woven zari motif. “It has been aesthetically embellished to give a middle-eastern twist.”
Nandini Borkakati, who had designed the reusable mask, has been quoted as saying, “The idea was to leave the surgical approved protective masks for the medical staff, and encourage the population to wear more fabric-made masks with unique and creative designs.”
A TikTok video of the bride, posted by makeup artist Himadri Gogoi, has also gone viral. “We did not expect it to go viral. After we got the bride ready, I posted a video on TikTok and it got 1.3 million views within 20 hours,” she said.