Around 50 national and international stalls are selling women's clothing
Local and foreign clothing is attracting many visitors, especially women, to the ongoing Dhaka International Trade Fair.
Evident from the stalls selling them, items such as: Jamdani sarees, handloom sarees, Kashmiri shawls, and local ready-made clothes are in high demand and selling well.
AM Rafiqullah, manager of Dress Line, said they are focusing on showcasing locally-produced clothes for women, such as: salwar kameez sets, fatua, kurti, and other items.
“We have a stall this time to introduce and promote our products to the customers,” he said, adding, “so far, sales figures have been satisfactory.”
Female customers told the Dhaka Tribune that the price of clothes at brand outlets is always high, but the clothes can be found at the fair at discounted prices, and there are special offers.
Around 50 national and international stalls are selling women's clothing and catering to a variety of buyers.
Jalil, managing director of Classical Home Tex Industries Ltd, said the bed sheets in his stall are being sold at a wide price range, between Tk200-25,000.
Foreign clothing is imported from: India, China, Korea, Thailand, Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey, and prices range between Tk1,600-5,000. However, there is some exceptional clothing sold for as much as Tk22,000.
However, some foreign traders are not satisfied with the shopping habits of local customers. Khurshed Ahmed, manager of Saba Arts and Crafts, came from Kashmir.
He told the Dhaka Tribune that business was slow. “If you say the price is Tk3,000, the customer will start from Tk800. It is really shocking.”
Tanvir, a salesman, told the Dhaka Tribune that most of his stall’s clothes were imported from China. However, they are also selling Chinese hijabs, skirts, and shawls for between Tk100-200.
Sumi Akhter, an undergraduate student, said that due to fashion trends, many are coming to the fair in search of local clothes, as well as western ones.
Mafruha Begum, a housewife from Dhaka’s Mohammadpur, said she came with her family in search of indigenous clothes. According to her, they are difficult to find in Dhaka and hence DITF is an ideal place to purchase them.
Many vendors are hawking clothing items outside of the stalls.
Several women involved in the cottage industry are also getting opportunities to showcase their products at the trade fair.