Blankets, which typically see a huge demand from winter customers, were seen in colours such as orange, pink, red, blue, yellow, green etc. It usually comes with charming designs with flowers, leaves, or popular cartoon characters. It’s fabric is soft fluffy flannel, acrylic or woolen
With winter fast approaching, traders at different markets who used to sell men’s wear like T-shirts and Jeans pants are now replacing those with blankets and warm clothes to meet customers’ seasonal demand.
Visiting several markets in the capital including Bangabazar, Gulistan, Nilkhet and Jatrabari area, it was found that traders are stockpiling winter clothes, particularly blankets of different colours and sizes.
Traders and salesmen are expecting extreme cold this time likely to begin gradually from next month as they made hefty profits out of selling winter clothes last year as chilling cold had gripped the country.
“We are stockpiling blankets and other winter clothes replacing traditional clothing items ahead of the upcoming winter season. After the end of winter, attires like men’s clothing, baby wear or other items will replace winter clothes,” a trader at the city’s Bangabazar told the Dhaka Tribune.
Blankets, which typically see a huge demand from winter customers, were seen in colours such as orange, pink, red, blue, yellow, green etc. It usually comes with charming designs with flowers, leaves, or popular cartoon characters. It’s fabric is soft fluffy flannel, acrylic or woolen.
Talking to businessmen at Bangabazar in the city, it was learnt that they had collected different colours of imported blankets—mostly from China, Korea and Vietnam – as locally made blankets are of low qualities.
They said, mostly customers from middle income group are their major buyers. Prices for a single blanket are ranged from Tk500 -Tk1500, while double from Tk2,000 to Tk8,000, depending on qualities and designs.
On the other hand, locally made single blankets also hold huge demand to poor people. The traders said that they sell Bangladesh-made single blanket at between Tk100-Tk350 while double blankets up to Tk600.
The sellers said, they are now stockpiling various types of blankets as the sales have not started yet in large scale. They hope sales will pick up within 15 or 20 days.
Hazi Md Oliullah, a proprietor of Raisin Trading of Fulbaira Anexco Tower, said that the prices of the blankets increased 10% to 15% this time over various reasons including spikes in raw material prices and import-level tariffs.
Another trader Shamim Beprai, a proprietor of Abri Fashion, said they have stocked blankets for only three months to make extra profits as gains from traditional items like jeans and T-shirts is usually low.
“We, like every year, have been waiting for winter season, more specifically for severe cold in the season,” Shami said.
“Winter is our business season after bumper sale ahead of Eid vacations.”
He said if severe cold hits the country affluent peoples come here to buy huge quantity of blankets to distribute among winter-hit poor people,” he added.
A buyer, named Shahidul Alom Munsi said he bought two blankets from Nilkhet market at much lower prices, saying the current prices would be increased manifold once winter sets in.