Monday, June 16, 2008

Roadside Tailors





May be it is only in Sabah that we still see roadside tailors. Has anyone seen them in other parts of Malaysia? All the above pictures were taken in Kota Kinabalu,(KK) Capital of Sabah. Judging from these images, tailoring, as well as the business of selling sewing machines are still brisk in Sabah. The mobile tailors set up their "stalls" as early as 8 o'clock in the morning and start working immediately. They have walk-in customers as well as contracts from companies."Our work is professional, we are fast and we charge fairly, that's why we can still survive" Ahmad quipped proudly. When they finish work, they chain the leg of the sewing machine together with the stools onto the cement floor and leave them there on the five-foot way. Only the sewing machine itself is removed and taken home for safe keeping.I was fast enough to snap the last photo of a "flying" sewing machine from a moving car in KK's city centre. The shop owner is certainly using his ingenuity to attract more customers.

7 comments:

Neo said...

The last pic, was that a moving car?? Wow.

rubberseeds said...

Neo,thanks for dropping by. The last pic was shot from inside a moving car.Your blog is nice, upload more photos to share!

cc said...

The sewing machine on the roof is brilliant! Love such gimmick. :)

rubberseeds said...

cc:Yes, that is brilliant. Just wondering how the machine can withstand the unpredictable tropical weather.

-eiling- said...

wow, such a colourful life of roadside tailors.

rubberseeds said...

eiling:I think they also have a much happier and easier life than many of us because unlike many of us, they are not as ambitious and they don't chase after all the luxurious things of modern living.Don't you agree that sometimes it is good to be simple?.

-eiling- said...

definitely agree.