While the Indian movie and TV show inspired “Sharara” and “Hurram” dresses are dominating this year’s Eid markets, Chinese clothing is also attracting significant demand.
Alongside Indian clothes, Chinese long gowns are among the most popular dresses being sold in shops inside the Bashundhara City shopping complex . The Eid markets are thriving, with girls of all ages flocking to buy these long gowns.
“Gowns are imported from China and sold in Bangladeshi markets,” said Rafi Khan, a salesperson from Bashundhara City.
The first and second floors of the shopping complex are filled with shops selling these elaborate, imported long gowns.
“Most customers want gowns that are made of materials such as net or silk”, said Shovon Ahmed, a shop owner in Bashundhara City. “These gowns are colourful and embellished with embroidery”, he finished.
Most customers that buy these gowns do so because they are something new and different from the regular Indian dresses. Sultana Ritu, a 25 year old banker, told the Dhaka Tribune: “This is a new style of dresses. That’s why I have come to buy a gown instead of the Sharara”.
Shops in Bashundhara City are pricing these gowns at Tk2000-8000 for children and teenagers and at Tk18000-40,000 for young women.
Shop owner Khairul Hassan said: “The Chinese gowns are an innovative part of our Eid collection. Some local designers have also designed gowns like these, but their price is too high to be affordable for most customers. That’s why we sell these imported gowns at a much more reasonable price”.