Meet The Team | Eternal Creation

MEET OUR TAILORS!

Our Himalayan Tailoring Centre is a hive of activity, with over 70 staff from India, Tibet and Nepal. Read their stories and discover the diverse backgrounds of the lovely people who bring your Eternal Creation products to life!

Ram

Quiet and hard working, Ram is our Cutting Master, and cuts most of our Internet orders. He has a photographic memory for all our prints, and magically knows where all the patterns are, thus ensuring endless queries from other staff throughout the day!

Originally from Nepal, Ram started working for us as a cleaner. He soon graduated to watchman, then cook, and then cutter - a job he has excelled at; so much so, he is now head of his section. His gentle yet practical demeanour has made him popular with the staff and tailors alike and he has twice been voted "Staff person of the year".

Jagdish

Have you ever wondered who labels and folds all your Eternal Creation clothes so neatly? Meet Jagdish, our wonderful 'packing man'.

Jagdish is a local Gaddi from Khanyara (a small village about 10 minutes away from Dharamsala). He is one of our longest serving employees, and prior to working with us he worked as a stone cutter (on building sites), but was unable to support his family on the meagre wages.

Initially Jagdish's hands were so rough and calloused that the fabric would catch on his fingers - especially the silk - and he had a terrible time trying to fold anything! He has since mastered the tricky art of folding to perfection, and has saved enough to build his own house.

Israil

Israil is the talented Embroidery Master at Eternal Creation. Israil comes from a remote village in Jharkand, a newly formed state that was formerly part of Bihar in North India. but at 13 he moved to West Bengal and began his training in embroidery under a local embroidery master. Five years later, and just 18 years old, Israil moved to Delhi where he worked as an embroiderer for 11 years. Whilst most Indians from village backgrounds find Delhi (pronounced Dilli in Hindi) to be chaotic and overwhelming, Israil however, very much enjoyed his time in the Capital. Israil says that in Hindi, 'dil' means heart and that 'Dilli' means "good heart".

He enjoys all of the work he does, but his favourite pieces are the fine and detailed floral designs. Israil uses an old-style embroidery machine and completes all of the designs free-hand. The machine takes just one thread at a time and it must be changed for every colour represented in a particular design.

Israil enjoys working at Eternal Creation because he has more free time and less stress, but he misses his wife and children, and regularly makes the 36 hour train trip to see them. He would like to bring his family to Dharamsala, but being Muslim he wants his children to learn Urdu and Arabic, which, at this time, is not available at schools in Dharamsala.

Manoj

Manoj
Manoj, with his lovely warm smile and helpful nature, is a pleasure to have at the workshop. He comes from a small rural village in West Bengal, where he learnt to sew as a teenager. He moved to Delhi as a young adult, hoping to earn more money to send to his parents in Bengal. There he met Shamin and Jamil, and after several difficult years working in different factories in Delhi, he followed his friends to Dharamsala and joined the Eternal Creation team. Manoj excels at boys clothes, and likes the bright and colourful prints. He says that he dreams of having his own workshop in Bengal one day, but enjoys the atmosphere of the workshop and the fact that he has a lot of friends here.

Sakhil

Sakhil
Sakhil is well known for his patience and nice smile, and is an excellent tailor. His older brothers are Jamil and Tinku, who have been responsible for his excellent training.

Growing up in West Bengal, the Ansari family owned a small farm (one acre) on which they grew rice and wheat. The boys' parents both suffered from reoccurring illnesses and the three boys worked hard, completing odd jobs and tending to the farm, trying to earn enough money to live on.

Sakhil started training as a tailor in his village when he was 14, and then moved to Mumbai, to join his brother Tinku who was working in a factory there. In 2008 he moved to Dharamsala and started working for Eternal Creation.

Sakhil says he likes working for Eternal Creation, as all the employees are friends. He confesses that he never made a true friend during his 5-year stay in Mumbai, and found working in a big city a very lonely and alienating experience. He also appreciates being paid on time, as well as the job security that the workshop gives him.

Sakhil makes all the Eternal Creation styles, but enjoys pleated dresses and boys shirts the best: "I love the boys fabrics, especially the checks and stripes", he says. Like many of our Indian tailors, he's an avid cricket player, and usually organises a match on weekends with his brothers and friends.

Lovely

Lovely
Lovely, appropriately nicknamed, has one of the loveliest smiles in the workshop (maybe in Dharamsala!). She finds the town very peaceful compared to her home village in bustling Punjab state. She moved here after divorcing her abusive husband, which was not easy as she received no family help, but Lovely was determined to support herself and her son on her own terms.


She likes to try new garments and enjoys the challenge of the latest designs, although she says she is scared of working with silk! She's well respected on the badminton court, winning the ladies singles tournament, and dreams of re-marrying and travelling the world with a handsome man at her side!

Her favourite garments are the girls and womens dresses and the womens kimonos.

Lovely

Ramesh

Ramesh

Famous for bags and hats, Ramesh works slowly and carefully, and enjoys making complicated accessories that the other tailors don't want to make.

Ramesh is from a small picturesque village about 20 minutes from the workshop, and previously worked in a small tailoring shop in Dharamsala. Although he enjoyed the atmosphere of the lively market, he says the hours were too long- the tailors were required to complete the garments for the customers no matter how unreasonable the time frame. He says he appreciates the job security he has now, as well as the regular hours, as he is married with two small children.

Pema

Pema
One of our best tailors, Pema is always ready to help out and loves to try new styles.

Pema is married with one son, Tenzin Wengjor, and hopes to have a daughter soon, so she can make dresses for her! She met her husband at the Tibetan Vocational Training Centre in Mussoorie where she studied sewing and where he was studying to become an electrician. They had a large traditional Tibetan wedding, which involves a scarf giving ceremony (katas, the traditional white scarf, which is embossed with the eight Tibetan symbols of good luck), a long puja (prayer ceremony with Tibetan monks and a Lama), as well as much singing, folk dancing and drinking of chang (home brewed barley wine).

Pema and her husband are both devout Buddhists and they visit the Dalai Lama's temple in McLeod Ganj as often as they can. They also do their morning rituals together- this involves saying their prayers, cleaning the family alter and filling the water bowls, and taking an oath to be compassionate each and every day.

She says she has no interest in fashion, but just loves to sew and make things with her hands! She especially likes girls dresses though, as they are pretty and fun to make.

Tinku

Tinku
A regular winner of 'tailor of the month' and several time winner of 'tailor of the year', Tinku is by far our most talented tailor.

Born in a small village in the Indian state of Bihar, Tinku received very little formal schooling, and started training as a tailor at the age of 15. Even as a child, Tinku wanted to sew, and was inspired by the impeccable style and beautiful clothes of the wealthier members of his village.

Tinku has worked in a handful of tailoring jobs including a Mumbai fashion factory for 7 years. During his time in the factory, Tinku worked hard in poor conditions. Like many factories in India, Tinku's workplace had no facilities and very dark, dirty rooms with poor ventilation. His supervisor was never present and didn't care about the welfare of the employees.

Tinku prefers his work at Eternal Creation as he says there is the potential to learn a lot more and the staff members are friendly and treat him with respect. He enjoys making all of the styles, as he feels it makes him a better tailor and he can continue to learn and grow.

Idrish

Idrish
Idrish comes from a family of tailors in Bengal in the West of India, learning to sew in his father's tailoring shop as a teenager. He worked with his father for 10 years alongside his two younger brothers, Shamin and Armin, before moving to Delhi, hoping to find better-paid work.


After working in several large factories, Idrish moved to Dharamsala, where his younger brother Shamin was already working for Eternal Creation. He was soon followed by his other brother, Armin, and several of his cousins!

He says he loves the atmosphere of the workshop and the fact that he is working alongside his brothers and cousins, but regrets that fact that his two sons have to remain with their grandparents in Bengal- the reason being that there are no schools in Dharamsala that teach Bengali, their native tongue.

Idrish sews all of Eternal Creation's designs, but loves to make baby overalls and bibs best, as he says they look neat and are usually made in bright fabrics.

Jamil

Jamil
One of our oldest tailors, Jamil was born in a small rural village in the Indian state of Bihar, moving to Delhi as a teenager in search of work.

After many years of working in different factories, his cousin, Shamin, suggested he come to Dharamsala to work with us. Jamil originally started as a slipper tailor, and with his amazing attention to detail, soon moved on to tailored jackets, baby overalls and more complex dresses. He now works along side his two brothers, Sakhil and Tinku, who joined our workshop shortly after him.

He is well liked and respected by the other staff and tailors, and is consulted at the beginning of each new season for advice on garment construction.

Ismail

Prior to joining the workshop, Ismail worked as a tailor in a large factory in Delhi for over 10 years, and is one of our most experienced employees. Originally from West Bengal, 1500 km from Dharamsala, he comes from a family of ten children, most of whom are tailors!

He's responsible for training many of the new tailors and specialises in jersey and knit wear. He says he prefers the environment of the workshop compared to Delhi: he feels relaxed here and able to express himself, feeling like he is part of a large family.

Ismail's head of the downstairs tailoring room, and although the position commands much authority and respect, he much prefers sewing to giving orders! He's also one of the stars of the workshop football team, and is the first on the field most weekends!

Bhola

Bhola is a favourite at the workshop, with his lovely smile, good sense of humour and easy going nature. He works as a sample tailor, meaning he makes the initial designs, which often require constant alterations until the final design and fit are perfected. He dreams of having a garment business in Calcutta near his family home, and plans to send his only daughter to University. He enjoys running, and scales a nearby mountain with Rory and Bridget every second morning before work!

Bablu

Bablu is an only child, and his father died in a fight when he was six months old. He learnt to sew when he was ten, and has been working as a tailor ever since, supporting his wife and three children as well as his mother, who doesn't have access to a pension.

Since working for Eternal Creation, Bablu worked as a sample tailor, and Frances has now taught him how to make patterns. He's extremely talented at this, having a good feel for the shape and structure of garments after so many years of making them. He plans to have his own tailoring business one day in Fatepur village, where his mother lives, so he can be close to her in her old age.

Shamin

Shamin is one of our oldest and best tailors, and now works with Frances in the sampling room, helping to make the new designs each season.

He has a good sense of humour and loves Dharamsala as he has a good job and enjoys the weather, compared to his home in Bengal where ""it's far too hot all year round"". From Fatepur village in West Bengal. Shamin came to Dharamsala looking for work, and has since bought his two brothers and eight cousins to the workshop, providing us with a very valuable and talented workforce!

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