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Stitching up ends to meet growing demand

Praveen Paul Joseph



Pacing up:Women tailors stitching readymade garments at Puthiyamputhur in Tuticorin district on Tuesday.

Tuticorin: Production of readymade garments is gaining momentum ahead of the Diwali festival. Puthiyamputhur, a village attached to Ottapidaram taluk, has been in focus for making readymade garments for a long time.

The majority of the population at Puthiyamputhur has been involved in the trade.

The finished goods were being consigned to all garment selling shops including the major ones across Tamil Nadu. T. Manoharan, President, Clothes and Readymade Garment Traders Association, Puthiyamputhur, said over 1,500 people at the village were involved in the vocation.

Besides, a few were promoting the sale of cloth material for tailoring on a wholesale business scale.

Apart from the native villagers, people from Ottapidaram, Pudurpandiapuram and the surrounding villages have also taken up tailoring a variety of designs. A plethora of products including wear for men, women and boys was available.

“In spite of huge demand for the finished garments, we are unable to meet requirements due to labour shortage. Since the demands from the buyers, are on the rise day by day, a massive workforce is essential. Moreover a two-hour load shedding on a regular basis leads to a decline in production. Stitching of clothes with power sewing machines could not be executed accordingly. On average a day, a minimum of 500 litres of diesel is required to run the machine for tailoring. We have created a desire for the garments but unfortunately we fail to deliver the goods promptly. The infrastructural developments for major power plant projects in Tuticorin are attracting the workforce in its favour, recently. It could also be a major reason for the shortcomings in manufacturing garments. Many workers migrate from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Calcutta for earning their livelihoods through infrastructure development projects in Tuticorin. Some workers from other states are also being engaged in embroidery works at Puthiyamputhur. A tailor gets a daily wage of Rs. 200,” Mr. Manoharan said.

Affordable prices

A.S.A. Selvakumar, a proprietor, said that they were adopting the same texture of cloths, pattern of designs and finish with the style of making garments on a par with those made in Mumbai at affordable prices. Due to various freebies being extended for the people by the government, there was a shortage of labour, he added.

K. Raja, a wholesale cloth selling merchant, said the garment selling business was being maintained steadily with women workers in spite of the absence of men workforce.

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