High tailoring charges boost sale of readymade garmentsArchive
SWABI: Eid shopping has picked up in Swabi bazaars, especially of readymade garments, as Eidul Fitr is fast approaching.
The shoppers told Dawn on Monday the time for getting clothes stitched by tailors was over, and people preferred to buy readymade garments for Eid.
The readymade garment dealers in the Link Road markets said the number of buyers, especially women, had increased manifold because the customers were no longer interested in having their suits prepared by tailors as demanded high rates.
“I visited a tailor in Shewa Adda and requested him to stitch him a suit for Eid, but he demanded Rs800,” Murad Ali of Tarakai village said.
People complained that as Eid got closer tailors increased stitching rate to as high as Rs1,000 per suit, forcing people to switch over to readymade garments.
Zar Mohammad of Gar village said a readymade suit for a child costs equal to the stitching cost. “We are getting quality suits and saving money as well,” he said.
The shopkeepers said it had now become a custom that people bought readymade garments for their children on Eid festivals, especially Eidul Fitr.
The demand for such clothes has increased manifold with the passage of time,” Bilal Khan, who deals in readymade garments in Topi bazaar, said.
The shopkeepers said several number of readymade garments shops had sprung up in the bazaars, and the rush of people also kept increasing.
“People, especially women, love to select new designs from among the readymade clothes,” Tufail Khan, another readymade garment dealer, said.
The dealers said if the trend continued then getting suits made by tailors would die down.
TRAFFIC JAMS: Due to failure of the traffic police to maintain smooth flow of traffic in Topi tehsil main bazaar, shoppers are facing problems.
“You can’t get into the markets with a car as you won’t be able to find a place for parking, so it’s advisable for everyone to come without cars to avoid hassle,” said Rahimdad Khan, a shopper.
Transporters said in these days they preferred to use the longer route of Topi bypass instead of driving along the shorter one through the Topi bazaar as people’s rush and unregulated traffic squeezed the space during last days of Ramazan.
TWO KILLED: Two persons were killed in separate incidents here on Monday, police said.
Rehmanullah of Gandaf village was killed in a road accident. Police said the deceased was sitting on the roof of a passenger coach and fell to the ground when the driver applied sudden brakes.
He was taken to Topi hospital. Later he died while being taken to a major hospital in Peshawar.
A man was killed and his son injured in a clash between elders of two families over a children quarrel in Naro Jadeed area. Names of the victims and accused couldn’t be ascertained.
Published in Dawn, July 14th, 2015
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