Andhra Pradesh

Woollen garments from Tibetan families wow buyers

Women turn out to shop at the Tibetan Bazaar opposite AC College in Guntur on Friday.—Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

Women turn out to shop at the Tibetan Bazaar opposite AC College in Guntur on Friday.—Photo: T. Vijaya Kumar  

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As the winter sets in the coastal region of the State, it is becoming a common sight to see families turning up at the line of makeshift shops on main roads, buying caps, sweaters, rain coats and jackets all for a song.

It’s time of the year when the woollen garments are available at a throwaway price and the traders from Tibetan refugee communities are more than happy. This year too, there has been considerable enthusiasm as there has been a nip in the air in the first week of November.

“I have bought a rain coat for myself and a sweater for my wife for just Rs.1,000. The weather has been chilly for the last three days,’’ said K. Suresh Kumar, a marketing executive.

For the Tibetan families, the winter provides a huge business opportunity as they sell woollen garments and make a decent profit. From buying the stocks during the off season in Delhi and other northern cities at cheaper prices and then selling them to customers in the peak of winter, they show a lot of business acumen.

Pema Temphel, was born into a Tibetan family that fled to India in the year 1950. He now lives at Gajapathi district in Odisha with his family of four children. Every year, Pema makes a trip to Guntur with a load of garments.

“We own about two acres of land and we do business only during the winter. We usually arrive in the first week of November and stay here until the end of January. I and my wife rent out a place to stay and we cook our own meals. Every day, after the sales, we pack up the stock and bring it home,’’ Pema said.

This year, Pema had placed an order of Rs.2 lakh and hopes he would make a decent profit. From synthetic rain coats to sweaters to sweat shirts, his road side shop has garments with a price range between Rs.100- Rs.3,000.

A spell of rains for the last three days meant some brisk sale of rain coats as well with a price range between Rs.500 and Rs.1,500.

The Guntur Municipal Corporation had provided them space opposite the AC College.



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