Demand for winter clothes increases in western Myanmar

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Sales for coats, jackets, hats and other cold-weather gear have been on the rise this winter season.  Photo: Zohayhsar
Sales for coats, jackets, hats and other cold-weather gear have been on the rise this winter season.  Photo: Zohayhsar

Sales of winter clothes are on the rise across Chin State in the western part of the country because of freezing temperatures this winter, according to local merchants.
Cold-weather gear and clothing, including hats, coats, gloves and blankets, have been selling well in all the townships of the state since early December. Retailers have bought clothing and accessories from wholesalers in Yangon, Mandalay and Kalay cities.
Second-hand clothes are also highly in demand because of their cheap prices. Among the various kinds of warm coats available, residents are choosing leather jackets, bomber jackets and fur coats, rather than cotton ones, said sellers.
“Based on the quality, a bale of second-hand warm clothes is selling for between Ks500,000 and Ks1 million,” said U Pa Nang, a second-hand clothes seller in northern Chin State.
“This year has been colder than the previous winters, with some parts of the state thickly covered with snow and ice,” a resident said.
Chin State is excruciatingly cold in the winter months. Sometimes, the temperature drops to minus three degrees Celsius. Therefore, schoolchildren are allowed to wear blankets into the classroom to protect themselves from the low temperature. From early December, the temperature in the state fell to below zero, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology. — Zohayhsar

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