Masked superheroes of crisis

CULTURAMA|May 2020

Masked superheroes of crisis
Sitara and Tulasi Anantharamakrishnan believe that it is their social responsibility to give back to society with the resources they have. Team Culturama caught up with the incredible sisters who are distributing reusable homemade masks to those in need during this state of emergency

A time of crisis is when the real heroes shine. For Sitara, 17, and Tulasi Anantharamakrishnan, 14, the need to give back to their community comes easy. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create mayhem around the world, these sisters decided to do their part. “We wanted to contribute some way. When we heard that homemade masks could play a role in preventing the spread of the virus,all it took was one afternoon for us to create good quality, reusable homemade masks.”

Sitara and Tulasi, who are students of the American International School, Chennai, used household items to make the masks. From high-quality cotton, for which they used bedspreads and clothing materials, to shoelaces to fasten the masks, they ensured that their sustainable approach was absolutely effective and thoroughly researched. “We used an elastic support too. For the non-woven intermediate layer, we used kitchen towels.”

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May 2020