Ali Hussain Marafie
1895 – 1957
Born in Alwassat neighbourhood in 1895, as a young boy he
worked with his cousin Mohammad Hussain Marafie who had
partnership with his father. He learned trading, and worked
between India and Kuwait for a long time. Later he settled
in India to build two dhows: the first being "Alawy" boom
and the second was "Almohamadi I" boom. Both were built
under his studious supervision as he was very precise in
attending such project that included some Kuwaiti Ship
builders too. Hussain Marafie provided all the furnishings
needed for both the ships along with captains “Nokhatha” and
over a hundred Kuwaiti sailors too.
During the latter years of his life he established the first
tailoring shop in Kuwait, which was later managed by his son
Modern Tailoring Shop:
Kuwait witnessed a tremendous increase in population with
its flourishing diversed business/commercial establishments.
The entrepreneurs of Kuwait maintained strong and healthy
business ties with India & Basra. In the souk of Kuwait (Souk
Aldakhley) Ali Hussain Marafie opened a most modern
tailoring shop, first of its kind, with its latest tailoring
machines, equipments and other accessories imported from
India since India, then and even today, is known for its
fine fabrics, art of sewing and designer models too.
During WWI, when people were mentally anguished and anxious
filled, the radio Ali Hussain had in his tailoring shop
brought tremendous relief to the agonising hearts. People
would gather around to listen to the latest broadcast to
support either Britain or Germany in the same spirit as a
crowd would cheer & support a team while at a live match.
This in turn helped to minimize the lingering tension. His
son Mohammad Hassan, a German supporter, took ardent
interest in listening to the Berlin broadcast.