Kendrapara, August 11 (LocalWire): Tailors of Kendrapara town and nearby areas are spending sleepless nights to meet the huge demands of stitching tri-colour flags on Independence Day.
Many artisans are sitting on a heap of different-coloured clothes to make flags as Independence Day is round the corner.
‘We make different sizes of national flags but these sell at dismally low prices and sales are generally slack, barring the sale of flags during Independence day and Republic day,’ said Mohammad Sahid, a tailor of Kendrapara.
‘We have been working tirelessly since last month to earn more by making hundreds of national flags,’ said Sanjay Moharana, a tailor of Kendrapara.
‘Making national flags is a seasonal business and the young people from our families do not prefer to continue their forefathers’ profession and therefore, we are not getting young tailors to stitch national flags,’ lamented Akash Sahoo, another tailor of Kendrapara.
The cost of a national flag starts from Rs 50 and ranges to Rs 500.
A national flag maker earns only Rs 5000 to Rs 10,000 by sewing national flags of difference sizes on the eve of Independence Day.
‘The official flag specifications require that the flags be made only in khadi, a special type of hand-spun yarn.
Two decades back, we used to get coloured khadi cloths at a lower price to make national flags.
But, nowadays, we are being compelled to purchase the cloths at a higher prices.
The ratio of the width of the flag to its length is 2:3 and we strictly follow the norms to make flags,’ said Sanatan Sahoo, a tailor of Kendrapara.
‘Many persons nowadays hoist illegally plastic and paper national flags on their houses and other places by violating the National Flag Code.
But the authority is not taking any action against them,’ alleged Nakula Das, a 92-year-old freedom fighter and the president of district freedom fighters’ association.