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Lanterns, decoration lightings in various designs attract Mandalarians


Mandalay, 1 Oct—As Thadingyut festival is drawing near, sales of local made paper lanterns are on high demand in Mandalay.
Most of the paper lanterns are made in Yangon. The producers take care of customers’ favorite designs with water melons, cubic, flowers and so on in line with the Myanmar tradition. The products are sold at about K400 in maximum, so the people buy the paper lanterns.
This year, the colourful paper lanterns made in China have not flowed into the market in Mandalay yet. However, about 20 types of toys made in China have occupied the market shares for the Thadingyut festival, raising prices with 10 per cent more than that of the previous year, said Daw Saw Kaythi Nwe, a paper lantern shop owner.
“The toys made of disco lighting and songs are on high demand in the toy market. With regard to the lanterns, the lanterns made of textile are more favorite of the people than the paper lanterns. The paper lanterns are sold at K250 to K2,500 per product but the textile lanterns at K7,500 in maximum,” she said. This year, vendors sell glass lanterns made in China. The glass is decorated with paintings. A blub has been installed in the lantern so it is easy to light the lantern with power line. It is sold at K9,000 per product and the best one at K20,000. The four-step lanterns are sold at K15,000-K25,000.
To decorate the housings, the series of bulbs in various designs are flowing into the market. The cables of bulb series are 12 feet to 35 feet, sold at K1,500 to K7,000. Significantly, the lighting trees are also fetching the high demand in the market this year. Lighting trees sold at K19,000 to K48,000 respectively. — Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing House)

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