Srinagar: A spike in the sale of ready-made garments has been witnessed in the city before Eid ul Fitr. Customers prefer ready-made garments over unstitched clothes due to their reasonable prices and durability. Ready-made clothes also save time as people do not have to venture out in Ramadhan to have them stitched.
With only a few days left for Eid ul Fitr, hundreds of commuters throng to the city’s bustling markets for shopping.
In this respect, some of the most visited markets include Lal Chowk, Gonikhan, Jamia Masjid, Makkah Market, and other areas of the city. These markets are particularly famous for their ready-made garments.
Faheem said he came all the way from Baramulla to purchase ready-made kurtas for Eid.
“Not a single tailor was ready to stitch my clothes in my area as I just arrived home from Saudi Arabia a week ago,” he said. “I can buy a ready-made kurta for Rs1,800 whereas unstitched clothes cost as much as Rs2,500.”
Tailors are charging as much as Rs900 for one kurta. On the other hand, prices for men’s kurtas in City’s main markets range from Rs1,800 to Rs3,000.
Besides adults’ wear, families also prefer to purchase ready-made garments for their children. But they complained that the prices for children’s ready-made garments were significantly higher than the unstitched clothes.
However, the availability of Chinese garments in the markets has addressed their grievances.
Azra, who is working as a salesgirl in Showroom at Srinagar, said the prices of children’s garments range from between Rs 1000 to Rs 2000 which is quite reasonable.
Various popular outlets of ready-made garments have opened up their franchises in the city’s main markets for customers’ convenience. They are offering varieties of men’s and women’s garments on the occasion of Eid.
The sale of ready-made garments has been increasing since 15 days prior to the start of Ramadhan. This is because tailors stop booking further orders to stitch the clothes due to excessive workload. Traders said the sale of ready-made garments increased by 50% in the last two weeks of Ramadhan.
Many garment outlets have displayed various ready-made clothes on sale ahead of Eid in order to sell out stocks. Severe rush of customers was witnessed in shops with such discounts.
On the other hand, the tailors are satisfied with their businesses and earnings. They said their work never gets affected due to the increase in the sales of ready-made garments. (CNS)