The explosion of brands and ready-made clothing has killed the art of alteration. The old way of getting dresses altered is a dying art in many part of the country. However, in Okhla a few people like Zahid Alam have kept the art of alteration alive.
As you move around Jamia Nagar you can find people sitting in corners on roadsides or small rented shop with a sewing machines busy dealing with customers, who want to get their clothes from jacket to trousers to shirt get altered or fitted according to their seize.
It is not known how much money people like Zahid, 62, earn but fact of the matter is that they get a lot of customers.
Zahid, who runs his shop from a very small rented shop in Abul Fazal Enclave, told OKHLATIMES.COM that people do come regularly to get their clothes altered. The price is meager starting from Rs 50 onward.
“He does good work. And recently I got a few of my branded trousers altered here,” said Md Irshad, a resident of AFE.
Zahid came to Delhi from Araria 35 years ago. It was 18 years ago that he shifted his alteration business to Okhla and since then he has been working hard to earn his livelihood. The money is not huge but people like Zahid should be credited for keeping the art alive and making things a bit easier for residents.
“People do visit my shop to get dresses altered. My shop is opened from 9 am to 7 pm,” said Zahid, who resides in AFE.
His shop is opened throughout a week.