A goldsmith in Turkey’s southern province of Kahramanmaraş has created a golden face mask for brides tying the knot during the coronavirus pandemic.
The golden mask is intended to provide a more visually pleasing alternative to regular facemasks, a requirement for all wedding attendees in the country as part of an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19.
The goldsmith consulted with Kahramanmaraş Goldsmiths Chamber and colleagues before creating the mask covered with gold ornaments, the chamber’s head Hacı Mustafa Öz told state-run Anadolu news agency.
Kahramanmaraş and surrounding provinces are known for its extravagant weddings and affinity for gold, gifted in generous amounts to the bride-to-be.
“We saw that the regular facemask does not really visually compliment the brides,” Öz said. “I think that very soon we will frequently see golden-masked brides.’’
At the end of March, Turkey put a stop on all weddings, allowing the ceremony once again as of July with a new regulation that details rules aimed to ensure social distancing and other prevention measures.
Turkey on Sunday announced 1,012 new cases and 21 deaths linked to the coronavirus, bringing the country’s official death toll to 5,363.
Almost 213,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 since March 11, when the country announced its first infection.
Soon after the government began easing restrictions to fight its coronavirus outbreak in June, Turkey witnessed a spike in the number of infections.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Sunday warned for citizens to continue practicing social distancing measures as he shared images of crowded streets.