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The Last Stitch

  • Darren Taylor
Among the vanishing sounds of central Johannesburg is the whir of an old Singer sewing machine racing against time
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Chiman Chhiba carries on a family tailoring business founded by his father a century ago in central Johannesburg. Photo by Darren Taylor
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Chiman Chhiba carries on a family tailoring business founded by his father a century ago in central Johannesburg. Photo by Darren Taylor

Chhiba’s Tailors has survived the mean streets of inner city Johannesburg. Photo by Darren Taylor
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Chhiba’s Tailors has survived the mean streets of inner city Johannesburg. Photo by Darren Taylor

Hundreds of pants and jackets fill the cramped and dingy tailor shop with a fresh smell of new fabric in a shop he once shared with his brothers. Chhiba still works a 12-hour day. Photo by Darren Taylor
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Hundreds of pants and jackets fill the cramped and dingy tailor shop with a fresh smell of new fabric in a shop he once shared with his brothers. Chhiba still works a 12-hour day. Photo by Darren Taylor

He and three brothers used to make suits from scratch. Now Chhiba sells ready-made, imported clothes, making occasional alterations. Photo by Darren Taylor
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He and three brothers used to make suits from scratch. Now Chhiba sells ready-made, imported clothes, making occasional alterations. Photo by Darren Taylor

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