Designer H1N1 Swine Flu masks – Times Of India, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore

The designer H1N1 swine flu masks have been featured in todays Deccan Chronicle, Chennai as well.
The entire page:
Deccan Chronicle 24th august 09
The article:
The article

All the masks displayed in this post are now available online for purchase on They are all limited edition, exclusively hand-painted single piece masks. To view the entire range and purchase your favourite masks click HERE.
The website is being jointly handled by Me and Naina Redhu

Custom made masks with your desired graphics will also be available on your requests. You can leave the comments here or contact on the contact number provided.

Photographs of some more designer H1N1 swine flu masks developed a few days back:
‘Jai Ho!’
Jai Ho!  [Click to purchase]
N-95 ‘Oink’
N-95 'Oink!' [Click to purchase]
‘Gabru’ – on special request for the guys
'Gabru' [Click to purchase]
Special thanks to Aman Godara for being the non-fussy model 😀
'Bugsy' [Click to purchase]
Photoediting and stylizing: Naina Redhu @ Aside

A few more designs have been developed on the basic surgical masks as well as the N-95 avian flu masks. Photographs will be put up in a short while. Up until now I was testing the waters for the acceptability of these masks into the Indian janta. Again its both great and not so great. But I can feel that people are beginning to understand the idea behind these masks and slowly losing their inhibitions to try something new. With the Indian Govt. still failing at providing the N-95 masks at a scale that is actually required by the public, it still remains quite difficult to attain them. Due to this severe unavailability of the masks in the open market the prices for both of them have been revised.
Basic surgical mask costing INR 105
N-95 avian flu mask costing INR 750

An eventful day for me as Ive been featured on the 2nd page of Times of India Mumbai & page 18 of Times Of India Delhi(happened a day after the article appeared in Mumbai and Bangalore) regarding the designer H1N1 swine flu masks that I came up with as a pet project. There are both N-95 avian flu masks as well as the basic surgical masks. You can click HERE to view the paper online. I hope my idea will be a little more accepted by the public now.
The complete page:
2nd page of Mumbai TOI - Complete Page
The article:
The article
Here are some of the masks that i have created:
This is the N-95 avian flu mask
The N-95 mask
‘Hearty‘ – All over print of little hearts
Surgical mask - Hearty
‘Teen Glitter’ – All over glitter especially for the teeny boppers
Surgical masks - Teen Glitter
‘Kiss Kiss’ – Big red lips right over yours, larger than life if you must….
Surgical mask - Kiss Kiss
Photograph editing courtesy Naina Redhu @Aside

This post is the official entry to Star World Betty of Elle Contest-
Its my entry into the contest so that I can win an internship at Elle. I think it will be a great exposure for me into the field of professional fashion communication where I will be able to reach out to a large population with my ramblings about everything fashion and good design!


  • Reply August 14, 2009


    Amazing blog 🙂 And masks are really funny.

    A Joke on Swine Flu:
    What is Swine Flu + US Visa?
    It is H1N1B


  • Reply August 14, 2009


    There is unfortunately no scientific evidence of whether masks can help prevent the spread of the virus. It is all based on judgement and procedure.. However there are several other precautions that will definitely prevent its spread. The simplest of which includes washing your hands regularly, covering one’s mouth while coughing, sneezing,isolation and preventives are available.
    Swine flu is a visual paranoia.. Lets help stop this by spreading the word.

  • Reply August 14, 2009


    cant imagine pepople can be so stupid wat a waste of time

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  • Reply August 15, 2009


    Way too cool 🙂

  • Reply August 17, 2009


    Hey Akansha.. this is Isha from Deccan Chronicle newspaper in Chennai. I wanted to check with you if you have a website through which one can order these masks online? Can ppl from Chennai order it? Pl do revert back at the earliest

    Thx and regards,
    Isha Narang

  • Reply August 18, 2009


    Hey – read about your designer masks on DT today (18 August 2009). I was wondering if you also custom-made the masks – I really like the one with the skull design (as per the design on DT) Please let me know, so that I could place an order – I am looking at atleast 2-3 pieces of the same design.


    • Reply August 18, 2009


      Hi Neel, i could definitely look into the possibility of doing custom made masks if I feel its viable for me to make. I am currently in the process of making my masks available online for purchase, which should be done shortly. So for now, the design prototypes that I have already developed are the ones that I am concentrating at. I will definitely let you know. I might even include skull designs in my range.

  • Reply August 18, 2009


    Thanks Akanksha – look forward to your collection, and keeping my fingers crossed to find something black and scary (like a skull) :)…Cheers

  • Reply August 24, 2009

    Mary Susn

    Dear sir/Madam,
    We have seen your article in Deccan Chronicle today. We
    Understand that you are facing difficulty in getting N 95 Mask of 3M.

    Please be informed that we do have ready stocks of N 95 PARTICULATE RESPIRATOR Surgical Mask, Cat No:8210 of 3M (U.S.A).
    These masks are genuine Respirator protect against Avian Influenza/H1 N1/SARS as recomended by WHO made in accordance with medical Standards, manufactured in the U.S.A. ( Made in U.S.A)

    M/S. 3M India Limited ‘s
    Channel Distribution Centre,
    Philip’s Health Care Services,
    153, SBI Colony,
    Gandhinagar, (near Post office)
    Hyderabad-500 080.
    Ph: +91 40 27538014
    Telefax: +91 40 27534572

    Mob: + 9440276098.

    3M Health care,
    Channel distribution Centre

  • Reply September 3, 2009


    Hey Akanksha, very innovative idea! I saw the ones you have on sale. But is it only through paypal that we can pay? Dont you have any other mode of payment?

  • Reply September 3, 2009


    Oh right, I just saw the CC column :p, my bad ~

  • Reply October 16, 2009


    H1N1 or Swine Flu is a bit scary but it a good thing to note that this virus is not that very deadly. .

  • Reply December 18, 2009

    Patrick Mullen

    I bookmarked your site, this is very useful, thank you.

  • Reply January 1, 2010

    Jude Arandia

    My brother got infected with H1N1 or Swine Flu in Mexico. He got a mild fever and luckily he did not die.

  • Reply January 18, 2010

    Sheena West

    during the height of the H1N1 or Swine Flu epidemic, i was very afraid to get infected with this disease and i wore face mask whenever i got into heavily populated areas.

  • Reply February 11, 2010


    i think that in asian countries the Swine Flu did not spread rapidly compared to those countries that are located in colder climates. we should still be very thankful that the swine flu did not cause massive infections.

  • Reply June 3, 2010

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  • Reply October 15, 2014


    can you please contact me @5109991393 i would like to make custom masks

  • Reply December 23, 2014

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  • Reply September 3, 2018


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