Story and picture by DOREEN POLOH WAIM
A RABAUL-based tailor is in Lae conducting a two-week professional tailoring and sewing skills workshop for 30 participants.
The workshop began last Monday at Lae Secondary School.
It is being conducted by Ellias Sakkias who heads the Ellys Skkys Professional Tailoring Training Institute in Rabaul.
Mr Sakkias said the basic courses that the participants would study include both theory and skills of designing, drafting, measurement, grading, cutting and sewing, drawing and dressing.
He said his aim of conducting such trainings was to improve standard of dressing in PNG and the first step was to teach people how to do it.
He hoped to promote self-employment among women and youths through the training.
Hailing from East New Britain, Mr Sakias is PNG’s only internationally-recognised professional designer and machinist.
He graduated from the Productivity and Training Authority, a garment industry school in Fiji, in 2006, and started tailoring training professionally last year.
He has conducted training sessions in East New Britain and New Ireland provinces and NCD.
He has two male trainers who assist him and they have already trained more than 5,000 people.
The second training will start next month.