The flood of readymade garments in the market has been making daily life of tailors in Sindhuli district critical.

Stitching clothes and playing traditional musical tunes during religious function, marriage and the like is the main source of income of the tailors.

“Earlier, they were like “family tailors” going from house to house stitching clothes but this trend has been slowing fading away with the easy availability of readymade clothes at the local market”, says Bhakta Bahadur Nepali of Jalkanya Village Development Committee.

People have not only stopped using local tailors to stitch their clothes but also have replaced the ancient and cultural “panche baaja” (five traditional Nepali musical instruments) with the modern English brass band, he adds.

This has not only endangered the ancestral profession of the tailors but also put a full stop to their only source of living.

Tailors are being neglected due to existing fashion of using modern musical bands in the name of modernity and easily availability of readymade garments, says Nate Damai, a tailor living at Ward No. 5 of Bhadrakali VDC in the district.

People used to call us to their houses and ask us to stitch clothes for them for continuous five to six days. They used to give us cereal including rice, wheat and the like every year in return of the musical band we played during religious ceremonies. But now they hesitate even to give a wrist-full of rice, laments Nate.

Nate Damai also said that playing Nepali traditional music and stitching clothes are his only means of income, and presently he is finding difficulty in looking after his family.

However, a section of the population in the district are concerned over the vanishing of traditional Nepali costume like Daura Suruwal, Cholo, Bhoto, Topi due to modern fashion, and replacement of Panche Baja by English musical bands thereby leading an invasion of Nepali culture.

It is estimated that the population of tailors in Sindhuli district is around 5000.