Day 100: Why Don’t Muslims Value Art? Part 3
(100 burpees done, was day 22 of burpees)
When I first started my own business I was doing tailoring. I learned how to sew the semi stitched Asian suits that are commonly worn by Asians of the subcontinent. At that time I was told the going rate for stitching suits was £10 per suit, now I wasn’t the best sewing but I wasn’t the complete worst but it would take me about 3 hours to put one suit together. You do the math. Suits cut to the right size, sewn and overlocked, even thought it was ‘semi stitched’ you still have to sew the sides together and a full pants and everything. In fact the pants don’t come semi stitched at all they have to be cut and sewn from scratch.
You do the math. One suit taking about 3 hours to sew and I’d get £10 per suit.
This is just one example of how craftmanship is seen in the Muslim community, they want quality but they want cheap so this often ends up in lower quality than could be had if they were to be prepared to actually spend for the work.
At just £10 per suit I was told that I was too expensive and that there are others sewing suits for £6.
Yes £6 per suit.
Not even £9 or £8 per suit but £6 per suit. So £4 cheaper than what I was sewing. And this has been verified. People, actual seamstresses living in this here England, not back home in Bangladesh or Pakistan but tailors living in England. Tell me how far will £10 go per suit for a tailor, let alone £6!
So this is what I see in the community.
Coming back to the arts and crafts that are bought in Africa and Asia and then brought to the UK to sell, who are the majority of the people who buy these products? No doubt white Europeans who have a sense of appreciation for the arts and craftsmanship of different cultures.
This is what I find refreshing about visiting art galleries and studios in the North East. I get to meet with people who have a real appreciation for art and things that are made by hand and pure craftsmanship. I don’t hear people in art galleries looking at work and saying wow that’s too expensive, it just doesn’t happen.
Its no surprising that the Muslim community where I live don’t understand art or value it when they seldom visit galleries and see and learn about art and its value. That’s what galleries and arts and crafts fairs are there to teach us. They teach us how to value culture. And what is culture? Culture is the people we live around and what they produce. If we don’t appreciate or value those things then what will we appreciate and value?