With the new Member of Parliament-elects (MP) ready to assume office, tailoring shops in Thimphu are busy stitching traditional silk attires.
Nima Tshemkhang’s owner, Nima, said: “We have a minimum of two to three orders everyday. However, we only have two workers here and we can only finish a total of two to three items per day.”
He said that the shop had received orders to sew the recently elected MP’s ghos. “Many customers, including MPs and Dashos, stitched their ghos here.”
He said that the stitching Shinglo gho cost about Nu3, 500. The minimum rate for the silk gho is Nu1,000 which increases depending on the type of gho and fabric tailors need to work on.
Adjacent to Nima’s shop is another tailoring shop called Yangsel Tailoring where new MPs’ ghos are stacked high up.
Owner of the Yangsel tailoring shop, Ugyen Rinzin, said that he had to complete the three remaining silk ghos. He had already finished stitching three silk ghos.
One of the tailoring shop owners near Zangdopelri Complex, Tenzin Wangda, said that the shop opens from 9am. Although there was not much difference in the number of the orders they get, he said tailors for busy just prior to tshechus.
“As the business is customer-driven, we make sure that their orders are ready on time. However, it is a challenge sometimes.”
Most of the orders are completed within a week.