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‘Gamchhas’ create a kaleidoscope of colours

  • Asif Mahmud Ove, bdnews24.com
    Published: 2020-10-04 12:28:18 BdST

It creates the impression of a lovely painting when seen from afar, but it is the border wall of Shyamoli Government Shishu Palli which is covered with gamchha or local towels hung by hawkers for sale. The kaleidoscope of colours has added a beauty quotient to the entire neighbourhood.

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Most of the traders selling gamchhas on the pavement beside the Shyamoli Government Shishu Palli have come from a remote area of Chowdala in Gomostapur Upazila of Chapainawabganj.

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They procure the gamchhas mostly from Kumarkhali in Kushtia, Baburhat in Narshingdi and Ullapara in Sirajganj, said trader Md Ismail.

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The gamchhas sold here are said to be of better quality and cheaper than those sold in other parts of Dhaka, as they procure them directly from producers.

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Prices of gamchhas range from Tk 50 to Tk 250 apiece, depending on their size and quality, said Jahidul Islam Babu. Small gamchhas are sold at Tk 50-100, medium ones at Tk 120-150 and large ones at Tk 160-250, he said.

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The traders sell products with a meagre profit and do not have to bear the cost of running a shop, said Jahidul Islam Babu, a trader. He makes a profit of Tk 20-30 per gamchha.

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The makeshift market remains open from 9 am to 9 pm every day.

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The traders came back to the site in June after a three-month halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, but sales slumped.

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A trader sells as much as Tk 2,500 worth of gamchhas per day. A rainy day causes a dip in their income though.

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Traders hang the gamchhas on the wall to attract customers, but rain is a constant worry.

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Sales go up in evening hours as office goers buy gamchhas from them on their way home.