Mourn­ing Thais dye clothes as prices for black ap­parel surge

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Pop-up clothes dye­ing cen­tres are a new phe­nom­e­non in the Thai cap­i­tal as black ap­parel be­comes too ex­pen­sive for many fol­low­ing the death of King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej.

The Thai govern­ment has de­clared one year of mourn­ing for Bhu­mi­bol, who died Thurs­day, and some cloth­ing sellers have been quick to hike prices for black gar­ments. Oth­ers have run out of stock.

Vats of black dye were boil­ing yes­ter­day at a free dy­ing sta­tion set up in down­town Bangkok by a trac­tor im­port­ing com­pany.

Vol­un­teers rushed to write down names and con­tact in­for­ma­tion from a stream of vis­i­tors bring­ing in clothes to dye black.

A Krung Thai Trac­tor em­ployee help­ing out at the cen­ter, Kanok­porn Tantra­nont, said “Some peo­ple don’t have black clothes or don’t have enough to wear.”

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