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Pullovers, jackets, designer stoles and kurtis on display, residents begin early winter shopping
Warm welcome to cool Lhasa market Customers at the Lhasa market in Patna. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh

Patna, Oct. 21: Winter hasn’t arrived yet but the residents are busy buying woollen clothes. From pullovers to jackets to baby dungarees, sales of warm clothes have picked up, courtesy the Lhasa market which is back in the capital.

A number of attractive new garments are on display in the market this time. From stoles to woollen shawls to leather jackets to mink blankets, the market is packed with stylish winter clothes.

Pasang, a stall owner at the market, said: “We have all garments from sweatshirts to multi-coloured mufflers. The small-sized mufflers are for Rs 60 whereas the bigger ones are for Rs 90. Sweatshirts range from between Rs 350 and Rs 600. Also, we this time we have brought blankets made of mink. These are washable. Blankets range from Rs 1,100 to Rs 1,280.”

Pasang is also selling colourful stoles mixed with Pashmeena.

These stoles range from Rs 250 to Rs 360. These can be worn in both summer and winter seasons.

The stall displaying short kurtis made up of wool is drawing the maximum crowd.

Starting from Rs 500, these kurtis are being bought in bulk by college going girls.

Baby dungarees are also available in new look. Fitted with a hood at the back of the neck, these dungarees don’t just look stylish but also cover the baby from all sides.

Karma Dolma, a Tibetian from Bangalore, said she has been is putting up stalls at the Lhasa Market since 1976.

She comes here every year just ahead of the winter. This time Karma has brought designer woollen baby caps.

These caps are decorated with images of cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

Karma stall has “fixed price” written in bold. She says the buyers still try to bargain on the price but don’t pester her to reduce the price.

She, however, is not happy with the location of her stall. She wanted the space in front of Patna Junction. Karma said that sales have been hit because of the odd location of the stall.

However, she said the present venue is better than last year’s when they had to put up stalls at the Gandhi Maidan.

“We were often asked to shift from there. The present Buddh Marg venue is a relief as compared to Gandhi Maidan,” she added.

One of the two organisers, Chime Tsering, is pleased to be back in Patna. The other organiser, Tharpa Gyaltson, has been coming here for the past 35 years.

He says the environment has changed over the years. “More women are coming out to work in Patna now,” Tharpa said. Also multi-storeyed buildings have come up in the capital now, he added.

About the sales trend, he said: “Prices of commodities have gone up. Thirty-five years ago, we used to sell medium-sized sweaters for Rs 60-70 but today the same is sold for Rs 600-700,” Tharpa added.

According to Tharpa, 20 to 25 designs of jackets are available in Lhasa market this time.

Jackets made up sheep leather are costlier but in demand in Patna, Tharpa said.

“Apart from these, cardigans and pullovers are the biggest attractions at the market,” he added.

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