BINTULU, Dec 7 (Bernama) -- Perhaps not many people have heard of a needlecraft called “smocking” which originates in England, but would they be more familiar with a tailor from Sarawak’s oil and gas town, Bintulu, whose smocked children’s clothes are in demand by customers across the globe?
Erpha Ahdayani Othman, 41, is a Rubber Industries Smallholders Development Authority (RISDA) entrepreneur and her business, Exclusive Smocking, has been receiving orders for smocked frocks (up to age 10) from local customers as well as those in Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States since 2008.
She told Bernama she taught herself how to make smocked clothes using books, magazines and the Internet.
“Smocking is done by hand and rarely is a machine used. A smocked outfit has to undergo a process which starts with pleating and later, to make it look nicer, extra details like embroidered flowers can be added,” she said.