"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Time At The Tailors


Shaji and Dalila, the husband and wife team who have so ably managed my house for over four years,
kindly gave me a shirt for Christmas, along with some “panting” textile.

On first hearing this term, I was rather unsure what to expect.
In fact, it simply refers to fabric for men’s trousers.
The custom here is to buy a length of material then take it to one of the countless, small tailoring shops, along with an existing pair of trousers which fit you .
The tailors will use the old pair as a template for the new.

Picture taken in a Fort Cochin tailors.

4 responses

  1. I wish we had something like that here in the USA. Some years ago I had some pants (actually a pant-suit kind of thing) that I loved wearing in the tropical climate of Florida. The store where I bought them went out of business, and I could never find anything like them. Custom made clothing is not only expensive, those who know how to do this kind of sewing are becoming increasingly rare.

    January 12, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    • The local tailors provide a great and inexpensive service. The trousers I had made over four years ago are still as good as new.

      January 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm

  2. Toffeeapple

    Hmm, that conjures up an alarming image of heavily breathing fabric. Glad you found out what it really was!

    January 12, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    • Yes, but it was perhaps just a slight disappointment!

      January 13, 2013 at 1:06 pm

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