Eid-el-Kabir: Tailors in Kafanchan decry poor patronage
October 23, 2012 11:15
Kafanchan, Oct.23, 2012 (NAN) Many tailors in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, are complaining of poor patronage barely three days to the Ed-el-Kabir festival, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Some of the tailors told NAN on Tuesday in Kafanchan that the situation was bad for business.
According to them, although people preferred to wear new clothes during the Sallah, patronage this year is different and very low.
Malam Hussaini Abubakar, a tailor on Jos St., said his shop used to be crowded with customers few days to the festival ``but not this year''.
``The economic situation in the country has forced a lot of people to seek alternatives on how to make ends meet rather than be bothered about what to wear.
``During last year's festival, I had so much customers and made much turnover as well, but the reverse is the case this time around,’’ he said.
Malam Sani Tela, told NAN that, in 2011, he turned down some of his customers who brought their materials late for sewing, while some of the customers were disappointed as he failed to meet their demands.
Tela said some parents preferred to buy ready-made clothes for their wards.
According to Malam Ahmed Kabir, a tailor on Hospital Road, he used to work through the night in order to meet his customers' demands but now ``I have only less than 10 pieces of materials to sew.’’
Alhaji Hamisu Katsina, a parent, said the economic situation in the country had forced many parents to buy ready-made clothes for their wards, adding that it was not compulsory for adults to wear new clothes during this Sallah.
A butcher, Malam Gambo Musa, said people were more concerned about what to eat than what to wear.
``Wearing new clothes during the Ed-el-kabir is not compulsory for any Muslim even for those who can afford a ram," he added. (NAN)