Priya Krishnan Das
The Ladies Tailor
The ladies tailor in India is ubiquitous and specializes in stitching especially blouses worn with sarees (the Indian 6 yard unstitched drape). They, of course, also stitch other apparel like salwar kameez , gowns and such. What is interesting is that the ladies tailor is invariably a man. And being a ladies tailor is no easy job. He has to deal with confused women who may not be able to decide what design to finalize, who have tens of questions, most who would put undue pressure on him to deliver earlier than the usual one week, or people like me who see apparels online and buy handloom fabric and demand it be stitched that way. And not to mention if the stitching goes wrong, he has to deal with the wrath of women whose expectations he may not have risen to
This is my tailor and luckily he has always stitched all my clothes remarkably well. He was very happy to see the sketch and showed it to the neighboring shop owners too.