Dubai: It’s 11 am on a mid-week morning and a group of 22 tailors across the lofts of three shops in Satwa are busy on their heavy duty Juki sewing machines. It’s a throwback to yesteryear Dubai as you scale an almost perpendicular wooden ladder to reach the low-roofed attic to meet them. They barely indulge you as they are in a race against time. All, without exception, are catering to the rush of orders for kanduras ahead of Ramadan, which is just round the corner.
Downstairs, their boss Manoj Kumar Jethwa, proprietor of Jairam Dayalal Tailors , picks up a couple of finished kanduras kept between reams of fabric on the shelves. He places them carefully in kebun binatang ragunan hari ini a crisp brown paper packet and hands it over to an Emirati customer with whom he talks in fluent Arabic.
Jethwa is a soft-spoken man. But there is quiet confidence about him. The kind that comes with being schooled by life’s circumstances, rather than lessons in the confines of a classroom.