The work will explore the way tailors in London’s Southall navigate their spaces as immigrants. It is partly in response to a rising interest in academia on theories and applications of space and the way it plays out in the lives of diasporic communities. The author has chosen to focus on South Asian tailors mainly because of the sheer creativity of their work and their position within the South Asian diasporic community in London. It will argue that tailors’ creation of garments to be used constitutes a major factor in redefining and maintaining a distinctly South Asian cultural identity in a diasporic setting. Moreover, tailors use their spaces in the enclave of Southall to help establish and promote their roles as ambassadors of South Asian apparel in London. The relationships with one another, as well as their relationships with customers and textile merchants help forge a negotiated South Asian identity.

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