As the Salah festival (Eid-el-Kabir) draws nearer, preparations are being made as usual. One of the preparations Muslims make towards Salah annually is getting themselves nice outfits to wear to Eid
We made enquiries on whether the current economic situation in the country is affecting this aspect of preparation as ENCOMIUM Weekly spoke with clothes merchants and fashion designers on how patronage has been.
Below are their responses…
Adedeji Moturayo (fashion designer)
We have not seen any patronage, unlike before that ten days before Salah festival we would have been doing night in shop.
Adeniyi Sunday (AA Creative Fashion Designer)
The patronage is not encouraging at all, people are not bringing clothes. Some of our customers are saying they’re putting on the clothes they wore on eid-l-fitr Salah. That’s so much unlike before when customers will sew like two, three clothes but now to even sew one is hard. This recession is really affecting us.
Kafayat Badmus (Keefay Clothing)
It doesn’t even show that there is Salah coming on the way, the thing is very hard. I have not even sew any clothes for Salah.
Queen Latifah (cloth merchant)
The patronage is not really encouraging, even if customers are buying cloths, they are choosing the inferior ones. The one of N1,500 which is very unusual. We just need to pray for God’s Mercy.
Oriade Omolola (Lola fabrics)
We are hoping for customers to come, but as for now the business is not moving fast. People are complaining about money, we pray God should provide so that we can see customers to patronise us.
Olagunju Hammed Olawale (Aboki Couture)
The only problem I have now is power supply. I have more than enough customers’ clothes in my shop. I don’t think there is actually any difference between this year and previous ones, people are still sewing despite the situation of the country. I have started sewing for Eid-el-Kabir.
Agbetoye Oluwatoyin (Lady T Fashion designer)
I really don’t have much Muslim customers, but notwithstanding, there hasn’t been patronage. People have not been sewing clothes like previous years. If I say they’ve not been sewing, it doesn’t mean they’ve not brought clothes at all. Just that, it’s not like before when most designers will even be rejecting clothes by now because of too many that they have already.
Oni Adeyinka (Rainbow outfits)
Everything is going from bad to worse, we (designers) don’t even know if Eid-el-Kabir is around the corner, people are not patronising us.
The festival is in less than 12days, and we are not even busy. This is quite unusual. We are not enjoying this moment, this is uncalled for.
Okunola Sekinat (Umu Aliyah Fabrics)
There is no sales, people are not buying clothes. Even those that struggle to buy don’t usually buy lace. They would rather go for cheap Atiku fabric or Guinea brocade. I have not really sold much of lace materials, especially cord lace that we thought will attract customers and boost sales. We are just here hoping things will get better.
Idowu Sayo (Confirm outfits)
In everything situation a man finds himself, he should always thank God. We are being patronised, but definitely not like before. People have been bringing their Salah clothes, but we still hope more will come before it’s Salah day eventually.
– Azeezat Kareem and Shukurat Alimi for encomium.ng