The last two years have been no business because of the epidemic; This time the sound of the sewing machine is telling that life has returned to Darji Para.
As in previous years, a lot of orders have come before Eid, but the cutting masters and shop owners could not take much work due to lack of craftsmen.\
Owners of the tailors say that in the last two years, many artisans have changed jobs after quitting sewing due to covid. As a result, the shock of the epidemic was somewhat overcome, but the old rhythm did not return completely.
Due to the demand for delivery of clothes within the specified time for Eid, not many orders are going to be taken. Many customers are coming back to Taylors. Kashfia is one such person in the private sector.
He had to return to order to make salwar-kameez at Banani Super Market on Monday.
“After ten days of fasting, he usually does not take clothes anymore. Still came, if made. My acquaintance said in the shop, if you make it now, the clothes will not be good in a hurry. To give after Eid. That’s why I didn’t make it anymore. ”
Many tailor shops are going to make clothes with extra money.
Jerin Jannat bought three-pieces from New Market. A few tailors returned the clothes but the modern tailors of Mirpur took his order.
Jerin said, “He told me he could make a dress but he would pay double. Later I reduced it to a few words. What else to do, they just increase the wages on Eid. ”
Turning to Mirpur, New Market, Elephant Road and Banani in Dhaka, it can be seen that the cutting masters and artisans are not getting a chance to catch their breath in the tailor shops which have been silent for the last two years. Many tailors have stopped taking orders at the beginning of the rosary as there are already many orders.
The Ladies Tailors, a souvenir at the Eastern Mallika Market on Elephant Road, began receiving additional orders a month before Roger. As a result, taking orders was stopped after the first fast.
Abdul Hamid, the owner of the shop, said that despite receiving many orders for work this time, they are in dire straits due to lack of artisans.
“I couldn’t get a lot of work. We have less artisans, we can’t find people. We could have done a lot of business, but we couldn’t because of the lack of workers. ”
Pointing out two reasons behind this, he said, “Many of those who are older, know the job, have moved to another profession in Corona. Some have left the country, such as Dubai and Saudi Arabia. The demand for this job is high there. ”
Hamid’s comment, “This time he has taken a work order of around two lakh rupees, which is one third more than in 2019.”
The salwar-kameez, blouses, gowns, tops, frocks of girls are made in Faisal Masters Tailors of this market.
Faisal Mia, the head of the shop, said that although he did not get much work at first, he got a lot of work later. Due to the crisis of sewing artisans, he had to return most of the work.
Owners of tailors rely mainly on cutting masters to make garments. When he cuts the cloth, the artisans sew it.
Faisal Mia claims that he has to work with the cutting master when there is an increase in the number of sewing artisans. It is the loss of the main work, the extra cost has to be multiplied.
A master has to pay double than a craftsman. But now he has to be sent to the factory to sew clothes. Isn’t it a loss? But I have to work. If there was a craftsman, there would not be so much money, there would be no need to sew with the cutting master. ”
Pointing to the future of the profession, Faisal said, “When we were learning the job, many people were learning it. At that time the rate of education was low. Even though he studied less now, he passed SSC. And no one comes to learn sewing after passing SSC.
“There is a shortage of new people because of this. The old ones leave the country when they get a good opportunity. Many artisans have gone abroad after the lockdown, all over the country. ”
The picture of Banani Super Market is the same. There is also a lot of work in the tailors just before Eid.
Al Farooq Tailors artisan. Jasim said that they have to return many people as there is less time before Eid.
“I have to pay for the orders I have taken. If you take too much work, the quality is bad. So I am not taking orders anymore. ”
Turning to the market, it is seen that more orders have come in the women’s clothing shops. Tailors in Banani are paid Rs.1000 to Rs.1200 for cotton three-pieces and Rs.1500 to Rs.2000 for Georgette or other garments.
Khokon Tailors and Fabrics of this market has got a job worth Tk 6 lakh on the occasion of Eid, out of which salwar kameez has received more orders.
Khokon Mia, the head of the shop, said he had not seen the ‘so much crisis’ of the 18-year-old tailor business.
“I can’t find artisans now, especially those who sew. Earlier, many people used to sew in the hope of making extra profit on Eid. I can’t find such a person this time. ”
In Mirpur, tailors have to pay 300 to 500 rupees for making three-piece cotton, 500-600 rupees in New Market and Elephant Road and 1000 to 1200 rupees in Banani. Due to the relatively low wages, the customer crowd is high in Darjipara, Mirpur.
Al Farooq Tailors artisan. Jasim said their wages depend on the work.
“We will get as much money as we sew salwar-kameez. Less is less, more is more. So if we don’t have a job, we don’t have a salary. ”
Asked why the artisans quit their jobs, he said, “When there was a lockdown in Corona, the cutting masters did not get any work. How do we get the job?
“Many people are starting other businesses as there is no income in this profession. Some are ferrying, selling curry, some have entered the garments. Someone has gone abroad. ”
Shamim, a seamstress, has been working for Robi Fashion Tailors in Rangdhanu Shopping Complex for five years. He has had a difficult time in the last two years due to lack of work.
“The moneylender does not go by himself, how can we run Amago? Then the moneylenders are throwing away when they get some work. I’ve been working in the ironing shop for a few days now, doing craft work.
“This time when the work started coming, the moneylender is calling again. A lot of work is coming this time in the Eid season, we are also getting work. I have to work day and night, I have income. ”
The entire tailor shop on the fourth floor of Rangdhanu Shopping Complex No. 12 in Mirpur. Although satisfied with the work of Eid, many said that the burden of debt is still being pulled due to the impact of the epidemic.
Robi Fashion Tailors owner said he got a good job in the last 15 days. Selim said, “Kovid has lost a lot. That’s why I had to take a loan. That is what I am cutting now. ”
Zulmat Master, director of New Fashion Tailors in the market, who has been in the business for 30 years, said: That is not possible. Now I may be fine after eating. ”
Admitting to increase the wages by 50-100 rupees in the hope of making extra profit on Eid, he said, “Something has to be made on Eid. The price of everything is rising. The rate has not increased in the last two years, now it is increasing. If the price does not increase, how can we go with the artisans? ”