Handmade Chinese language wedding robes are displayed in a manufacturing unit in Lu’an, Anhui province, in Could. [YUAN JIE/CHINA DAILY]

Township’s bridal robe business reaches annual output worth of over 2 billion yuan, affords extra job alternatives in Anhui province

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Someday in early Could, Solar Xiaolong and his fiancee walked right into a wedding gown store in a township within the metropolis of Lu’an in East China’s Anhui province.

About two hours later, the younger couple walked out with three bridal robes of Western and conventional Chinese language kinds.

“The clothes price merely 1,500 yuan ($215), whereas renting from a wedding service firm would require way more,” stated Solar.

With hundreds of wedding gown factories and retailers, the township of Dingji is among the largest manufacturing and gross sales hubs for bridal robes in China.

Lu’an usually sells about 25,000 wedding clothes and different attire every day, in keeping with Yang Xuejun, president of Yu’an district’s wedding gown business affiliation. He stated a lot of the clothes are produced in Dingji.

The export worth of the township’s wedding garments business reached $40 million in 2019, in keeping with a neighborhood official.

Xu Changying, a businessman, stated his merchandise have at all times been accessible in abroad markets, particularly in america and Europe.

“But it surely was very onerous to know the commerce quantity, because the export enterprise has been principally accomplished by middleman firms from cities like Suzhou and Guangzhou,” stated Xu.

Suzhou, in neighboring Jiangsu province, is the biggest commerce heart in China for wedding clothes, with a home market share of about 70 p.c. However Xu estimates that 60 p.c of the merchandise bought by Suzhou-based merchants are made in Lu’an.

“About 70 p.c of enterprise homeowners and employees in Suzhou are from Lu’an. Lately, an growing variety of crops have moved from Suzhou to Dingji as extra business exercise shifted there,” stated Xu, who moved again to Dingji in 2010 .

Xu, a Dingji native, migrated to Suzhou in 1992 to work as a bridal robe manufacturing unit employee. After accumulating manufacturing and gross sales expertise, he invested greater than 50,000 yuan in establishing a workshop in Suzhou in 1994, when the nation’s annual common per capita earnings for city residents was merely 3,179 yuan.

Prospects rosy for Lu’an wedding dresses


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