Hyderabad: Old City darzis see surge in demand before Eid

The holy month of Ramzan is still a month away, but business has already started to pick up for tailors in the Old City.

Published: 16th April 2018 04:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th May 2018 09:01 AM   |  A+A-

With Ramzan round the corner, tailors are busy with bulk orders, at Old City on Sunday | vinay madapu

Express News Service

HYDERABAD: The holy month of Ramzan is still a month away, but business has already started to pick up for tailors in the Old City. Besides bulk orders for the ongoing marriage season, they are swamped with demands for sherwanis, kurtas, lehengas and other festive clothes.  

Ready-to-wear apparels may be getting popular, but there is no dearth of visitors to these shops. Many in the Old City prefer to get their festive clothes stitched, even if that means having to approach a tailor a month ahead of Ramzan. “We already have Ramzan orders set for a month. On a day-to-day basis, based on the availability of labour, we generally make three-four suits,” says 50-year-old Mohammad Ibrahim, owner of India Tailors in Madina Market.

“Ahead of Ramzan, we usually work from 11 in the morning to 10 in the night,” says Ramesh Chinna who runs SV Designer Tailors in Pathergatti.  “The orders keep on coming. It gets so hectic that we have to work often till 3 in the night, then again come back in the morning,” says an employee of Ideal Stich Tailors that is tucked away in the SYJ Complex, Pathergatti.

Though the charm of tailor-made clothes holds strong in the Old City, heritage shops seem to be losing business to newer ones. “Forget Ramzan, no one comes to our shop anymore to get new clothes stitched. Most of our work is restricted to sewing torn clothes,” says Mohammad Abdul Gaffar, owner of 117-year-old A Rahman & Sons Tailors in Abids.

According to their website, they once received royal patronage for creating finest suits for H.E.H Nizams, presidents of India and other eminent personalities.

Gaffar says that over the years, his number of employees has dwindled from 50 to a mere five. Gaffar now has to take sherwani orders from ready-made clothes shops. “This is because people look down upon people who get their clothes stitched,” rues Gaffar.

Stay up to date on all the latest Hyderabad news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.