Finding durable fabric for school uniforms for your children can be challenging, not only to the school authorities but also for the parent.
According to Ritesh Patel of UTEXRWA Textile Company, having the best fabric material for school uniform can help parents save money in the long run.
“The best fabric might be expensive, but cost-effective in the long run for parents whose kids are still in primary. These young children have no idea of how to maintain their uniform,” Ritesh said.
He also said the ideal price of a pair of school uniform can only be determined by the quality of the material, design, colour, size and the quantity.
“The more expensive the fabric the more expensive your school uniform will be. But also how complicated the uniform design is will ultimately determine how expensive your uniform will be,” he said.
Usually, a uniform costs between Rwf3,000 to Rwf6,500, depending on the fabric and the size. Also, it could go up to Rwf10,000 if for example the design is complicated.
Ritesh, who supplies between 1,000 and 2,000 pairs of school uniforms to various schools and companies daily, said for the new schools, it is always imperative that they first conduct research on the existing school uniforms so as to avoid a clash. This, according to Ritesh, can help schools to come up with new, unique but also attractive uniform designs that can help market their schools efficiently.
It is equally important that when you are taking measurements you consider the “age factor” that you don’t have to buy new uniforms because the child has outgrown them. “You know that kids of nowadays can grow very fast, this poses a challenge to most schools when it comes to acquiring the right size of uniform. Therefore, it is very important that uniform manufacturers are accurate when taking measurements,” Ritesh advised.