Working through the festive to make a living

2018-11-22 06:03
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Designer Nosange NomnaPHOTOS: unathi obose

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As many people will take the long trek home during the festive season, for one budding entrepreneur, that is a luxury she cannot afford to undertake.

Dressmaker Nosange Nomna from Site C says she doesn’t normally go on vacation to the Easten Cape in December, unless there are compelling circumstances.

The ambitious businesswoman sews and sells traditional attire, specially for women, at the Site C taxi rank.

These include amardaki, amajeremane, head doeks, scarfs, skirts and dresses. She also makes men’s tops.

The mother of two said her business usually is booming in December, as most young men take brides around this time.

“This is the period when we make money. I don’t sleep at night, sewing their orders, making new dresses for the makoti, except their blouses,” she said, adding that her husband assists with the big orders.

Nomna said she learnt the trade from her mother-in-law. “I did not attend sewing classes for this ... It’s a gift. My mother had a sewing machine and I used to watch her when she was working on garments or would sneak a steal when she was not around and sew the material.

“I started sewing seriously in 2009, by which time I was already married.

My mother-in-law taught me(how),” said Nomna.

She is inspired by the taxi commuters she sees every day, she added.

“Sometimes I see someone coming out from the taxi wearing a nice dress and just tell myself to reproduce it and add some extras to make it more beautiful,” she stated.

Nomna said her customers came from all over the province.

“My customers are coming all the way from Caledon, Worster, Vredenberg, Nyanga, Khayelitsha and Mfuleni.

Regular customers pay a deposit and prices range between R700 and 1000.”

She is one of more than 10 dress makers who eke out a living at the taxi rank.

They start 09:00 am until the evening. For more, call Nomna at 073 705 0388.

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