There are a number of tailors around the Margao area but Deepa Angle’s name is rising in popularity as she becomes increasingly recognised for her collection of designer sarees and blouses. She uses a range of skills including embroidery and bead work, having her designs described as being ‘as good as store purchased clothes’.
Deepa has also been designing bridal wear for a number of families; she explains that, “More Hindu and Muslim families approach me for designing and stitching traditional dresses”. She currently employs one male cutting master, four tailors who specialise in stitch work and one female who works as a helper.
Deepa understands that success is not something that comes overnight; she has devoted much effort and hard work in order to reach her current position as a local tailor and fashion designer.
As a child Deepa was always naturally drawn towards fashion designing, this led to her decision to take a vocational course in dress making, embroidery and fashion coordination which she passed with a distinction. Following the completion of her SSC exam, Deepa then studied for a BSc in Home Science at the Goa College of Home Science as well as successfully finishing a course in the specialisation of textiles and clothing. To further and specialise her knowledge, Deepa travelled to Mumbai where she completed a one year course in Fashion Designing.
Despite much competition, Deepa’s mother urged her to open a shop in Curchorem town, Margao. After one year, Deepa decided it was time to expand and hired two female helpers, and took out a loan and purchased a shop on the second floor of the Ashutosh Building in the Curchorem Market where she currently hails from.
Deepa also earned the chance to exhibit her designs in a stool at the Pretty Home Exhibition in Margao.
Deepa D Angle’s future prospects involve opening another designer shop in Margao city. She firmly believes that ‘if the youths choose their career at the right time, they will definitely succeed’.
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