Garment Workers' Industrial Union (Natal) : golden jubilee, 1934-1984
The creation of a garment involves dozens of specialised tailoring
skills, many of them unique to and representing the peak of
hand craftsmanship. Most garments are cut one at a time, to
achieve maximum fidelity to the designer's pattern, uniformity in size and perfect
matching of checks, stripes and other fabric designs. The tremendous amount of
skilled handwork that goes into clothes contributes a finesse
that is never matched by a machine. Skilled hand-pressing "locks in" the smooth,
attractive contours for the life of the garment. Every coat is subjected to numerous
underpressing operations which produce smooth, thin edges and seams. The silkstiched
buttonholes are formed completely by hand in both jackets and trousers.
There is a pride of workmanship that is characteristic of, and evident in,
We woul'd like to place on record that none of this would have been possible to
achieve without the very sincere loyalty and dedication of each and every member
of our company.