Tailors busy in their work at a tailoring shop in Peshawar.

By Kashif Aziz

PESHAWAR, 9 July: Waqar Khan, a resident of Garhi Qamar Din, Kohat Road, Peshawar was desperately moving here and there in the intense heat of July with fabric in his hand in search of a tailor to stitch his Eid’s dress.

On the occasion of Eid, marriage parties and many other events a large number of people prefer to buy fabric and get it stitched by tailors. This is a common practice in Pakistan, especially in the province of KP and Southern Punjab as well as in India. The reason behind this common practice of stitching fabrics is to save some money, because ready to wear dresses are often out of the reach of the common man.

The young student of Government Technical College; Peshawar said the tailors have hiked their rates from Rs500 to up Rs1,000 in the holy month of Ramazan. He said the tailors are looting the people with impunity with no one there to check them.

“Everyone is having their own statement; some tailors are talking about shortage of time while some mention work burden,” Mr Khan lamented while shaking his head in despair. He told TNN that every tailor has his own rate list.

“The provincial government or the deputy commissioner Peshawar should make a decision on rate list for tailors and take action against tailors who are involved in overcharging” he added.

An 18-year-old boy, Shah Wali, a resident of Charsadda, presently living in Peshawar, was seen exchanging harsh words with a tailor. “How on earth you can ask for Rs1200 to stich two dresses? I will pay you the normal price which is Rs1100 for two simple suits,” he was telling the tailor who was in a mood to loot him.

Wali said while removing sweat from his face with the help of handkerchief that the tailor is overcharging him for Rs100 and he will never pay a penny more than the normal rate.

Tailors are changing rates of their own choice in Ramazan citing extra workload.
Tailors are changing rates of their own choice in Ramazan citing extra workload.

Young Asmatullah, a resident of Afghanistan, presently living in Peshawar, while cutting a shirt said they normally get Rs550-600 per dress but in the holy month of Ramazan they have increased their rates up to Rs800 due to burden of work and shortage of time. He placed the scissor on the table near his stitching machine and said “it’s our season, and it’s the month of earning”.

“Can’t you see how frequently the power outages are taking place? I am spending day and night here in my shop to fulfill the need of the people. I have no time for myself nor for my family, that’s why I am getting more money than the normal days,” Asmatullah added.

Tailors say they had to work hard amid prolonged load-shedding and stress to fulfil customers' demands.
Tailors say they had to work hard amid prolonged load-shedding and stress to fulfil customers’ demands.