Fifa World Cup: Sewing by hand, wages 160 rupees … World Cup football is made in this village of Pakistan
More demand than mechanical balls
How much does a football cost?
Stitchers at manufacturer Anwar Khawaja Industries are paid roughly Rs 160, or about $0.75, per ball. It takes three hours to complete one ball. A stitcher can earn around Rs 9,600 per month on three balls a day. This money is very less. According to researchers’ estimates, at least Rs 20,000 per month is needed to lead a normal life in Sialkot. Most of the people who sew balls are women. After making two balls a day, she returns to her village in the afternoon to cook food for the children. After completing the work, they come back to the factory.
acute shortage of good football makers
Men usually work at different stages of the manufacturing process. Prepares raw materials and materials or conducts quality tests. Before the enactment of labor laws in 1997, children below the age of 5 accompanied their parents to these factories in Sialkot. They would also help while playing. Seeing the face unfolding in front of our eyes, but after the ban on child labor in 2016, these industries in Sialkot are facing a threat of ‘potentially skilled generation’, due to which there is a continuous shortage of laborers.
Cheap football is made from Chinese items
Synthetic leather is used for the soccer ball, for which the essential materials ie cotton, polyester and polyurethane come from different countries. Chinese materials are used for the cheaper balls, while South Korean materials are used for the higher quality balls. Japanese materials are used to produce footballs for the German Bundesliga or other European leagues.
This is how the quality test of footballs happens
Each traditional ball is made of 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons joined by 690 stitches. However, with the changing times and increasing demand of football, balls are now attached with hot glue. This process is called thermo bonding. These balls are still of good quality and cheap to produce, but more expensive to transport. Like a stitched ball, it cannot be repaired. After the football is ready, it is seen by throwing it on the ground, on the ground. Its perfect roundness is ensured for the bounce, flight speed of the ball.