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Bright shades standing out as festive season draws near

A kaleidoscope of colours can be seen once again as clothing offerings pop up alongside the nation's thorough fares tempting happy customers in advance of the arrival of Lao New Year.

Colourful dresses as modeled by Tanoy Viensavanh. --Photo Manilay Savangsy

Celebrated officially from April 14-16, the period leading up to and during Lao New Year is always a colourful celebration, with festive clothing items no exception.

Yet colour itself is hardly enough to satisfy the latest trends and demands, particularly among the country'sfast-growing ranks of teenagers and fun-loving yet increasingly fashion conscious youth.

For example, floral prints have long found favour during the national celebration.

In the past simplicity was the natural order of the day.

As with most things, today's world is more complex.

This year sees more new and improved highly-detailed designs appearing on shirts and dresses, skirts and blouses, especially those targeting teenagers and the youth market.

Youngsters seeking latest fashion trends for Lao New Year could do worse than check out a booth in Xaysavang village in Xaythany district.

Ms Manilay Savangsy, 26, also known as Ms Khuan is owner of a booth offering clothing for sale in advance of Lao New Year.

She sells the latest in festive fashion trends from her booth including popular designs in colourful shirts, t-shirts and dresses for teenagers.

She told Vientiane Times that she could guarantee her fashion range would differ from that available at most other shops in town, having imported more than 1,000 dresses, 900 T-shirts, and 300 pairs of shorts directly from a supplier in Thailand.

Since her booth launched on March 20, the range has drawn youths in search of items in tune with popular fashion trends for teenagers particularly as seen on both sides of the Mekong.

The price of most offerings is set at 25,000- 70,000 kip, while colourful dress is set at 100,000- 120,000kip.

T-shirt and shirts retail at about 30,000-45,000 kip.

Discounts on more than 20 items are available to wholesalers.

She has teemed up withsome other vendors in both the capital and the provinces that have ordered clothing from her.

Ms Manilay also said the popular fashion trends from her booth are colourful dresses that have varying prints.

“The most popular fashion trend for the lady folk are colourful dresses thank to their attractive design and high quality,” she said.

“These are made from slim cotton, so when the dress is soaked from festive water play, it will dry quickly again leaving you feeling more pleasant.”

Sunflower prints are proving extremely popular, she said.

Ms Manilay has been a vendor of festive clothing for the past six years consecutively, selling clothing for the celebrations at a stand at the front of her house.

She said she enjoys the colourful annual trade that allows her to work while being based at home, close to the ready market provided by the road.

After Lao New Year winds down she will return to her regular business selling coffee and cake to satisfied customers and passersby alike in the local community.

Manilay's booth is open from 8am-10pm every day.

Those seeking to update their festive wardrobe for Lao New Year need look no further that her booth at Xaysavang village, Xaythany district.

By Viengdavanh Banphahaksa
(Latest Update April 4, 2017)


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