Young Tailor Working With An Old Sewing Machine

Young tailor working with an old sewing machine
Shot in the city of Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

The young tailor was working with a pretty old sewing machine

As I walked through the residential area of Jakarta, small shops appeared here and there along the street. The one I saw just a few minutes ago was a motorcycle mechanic's shop, and the next one was a tailor's shop. A man wearing a Taqiyah was sitting in a small shop that could have filled with just one table, and a sewing machine was on the table. It's one of those tiny little tailoring shops you often see in Southeast Asia and South Asia.

The sewing machine used by this tailor was very old. In Japan, they would be classified as antiques. There was a butterfly drawing on the body of the sewing machine, and it seemed to be written "BUTTERFLY" on it, but it was faded away. Many of these old sewing machines are made by SINGER in the U.S., but this one seemed to be different.

In any case, it was a very old sewing machine and looked like it has been passed down from generation to generation. I wonder if this young tailor's great-grandfather might have used it. When I pointed the camera at the tailor working on the old machine, he gave me a youthful smile in contrast to his aging machine and gave me a firm thumbs-up.


What is Singer?

Singer Corporation is an American manufacturer of consumer sewing machines, first established as I. M. Singer & Co. in 1851 by Isaac M. Singer with New York lawyer Edward C. Clark. Best known for its sewing machines, it was renamed Singer Manufacturing Company in 1865, then the Singer Company in 1963. It is based in La Vergne, Tennessee, near Nashville. Its first large factory for mass production was built in 1863 in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Where is Jakarta?




Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

September 2, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Portrait Photography





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