Tailors, boot makers doing good business (Economy)

Published on Oct 31 2008 // Main News

Thimphu, October 31: Two sectors in Thimphu get lofty profits as the coronation celebration approach. The sellers are forced to work overtime and are hectic to meet the demands from clients.

The first sector is tailoring. Tailors in Thimphu have already receved orders for hundreds of ghos, kiras, wongus and tegos. The shelves are full.

The orders are double the capacity they could complete in day and most customers are told to return. While tailors are demanding extra fees for stitching, customers are reluctant to spend.

Along with ghos and kira, people are waging to have boots for the celebrations. Demands for Tshoglams or traditional Bhutanese boots come from civil servants, scout members, dancers, volunteers or others involved in the celebrations. This has boosted businesses of the boot makers and are working overtime.

A tshoglham, without embroidery, costs Nu 2,000, and one with full embroidery costs Nu 5,000. The boot received an appreciation in US early this year when Prince Jigyel Wangchuk visited to attend a Bhutan promotion festival. Bhutan News Service