Thinley Namgay

After completing the western garment tailoring training yesterday, 48 participants have acquired skills to sew uniforms for De-Suup, and other garments.

The labour ministry’s month-long tailoring course on western dressmaking was to develop a skilled labour force as a remedy to import substitution.

Participants learned to sew uniforms and other casual attire for hospital staff and office goers. The trainees were also taught basics on repairing sewing machines and entrepreneurship.

The participants made 48 sets of De-Suups uniform during the entire course. A set of uniform will be sold at Nu 2,280.

A recent graduate from Mae Fah Luang University in Thailand, Chimme Lhazin, said that it was a good learning opportunity and the course could be a stepping stone towards producing clothes locally.

“We learned various drawing procedures, measurements, and cutting patterns,” she said. “I want to focus on street fashion attires in future.”

Royal Monetary Authority’s  Governor, Dasho Penjore, attended the closing ceremony yesterday. He said that the training was an opportunity to lead an independent livelihood. “You must broaden your business ideas and find strategies to sell the products at a reasonable price.”

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the income of more than 600 people whose livelihood were dependent on tailoring.

The training was funded by the Indian government under the project tied assistance scheme.