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Accessories for your outfits
Adding value to one's dress is probably the 'in' thing at the moment. A look at the outfits worn by modern girls and women show that they are ornamented with intricate and eye-catching works of beads, stones, sequins, ornamental buttons, laces and so much more. Elaborate works of such accessories is also prominent in the designer clothes . Moreover, to add value to your outfit nothing is better than an eye-catching work of beads and sequins or a showy button. The best part of all these decorative items is the ease associated with working with them. You don't need professional training in dress-making in order to create a gorgeous composition of beads and stones on your favourite sari. All that is required is passion for creativity.
Gausia Market is a heaven for those who are looking for accessories for their dresses. Not only stones, beads and buttons, you can also buy threads, laces and ribbons of all kinds and colours from this market. As we browsed the stores of dress accessories, we were amazed by these stores' collection of goods. As we talked to the staff of A. K. Traders (located in Ismail Mansion), the oldest among all, we found out that the recent craze among women is around laces that make rims of a sari. These laces uphold magnificent work of karchuppi, and are available in a wide range of shades and patterns. Imported from Pakistan and India, these laces can change the very look of any sari and are available between tk.650 and tk.1200.
Then there are fashionable laces available to add exquisiteness to your dopattas. Frills and tassels for your dopatta are available within tk.25 to tk.80. Laces made from materials like tissue and kathan are also available between tk.250 and tk.600. The collection of lace in the stores of Gausia would mesmerise anyone. A recent addition to their collection is the Pakistani lace characterised by beads and sequins- each yard of these lovely Pakistani laces will cost you tk.25. Highly user-friendly iron laces are also available for your ease. As the name suggests, these laces can be attached to any textile with the press of an iron- each yard will cost you about tk.120.
As we wandered through the alleys of Gausia Market, we fathomed the popularity of sequins and beads among young girls and women. Sadia, who studies in Dhaka University, said that she prefers beautifying her dresses with sequins because it's economical. Besides, there are hundreds of colours and designs to choose from. In Gausia Market, each 8 gram of sequins will cost you between tk.8 and tk.30. The prices of beads are almost similar.
Showy buttons are also available in gold and silver. With a pretty work of stones on top and charms hanging from the bottom, some of these buttons are sure to compliment your salwar kameez or fotua. Even a simple cotton dress can be made look stunning with beautiful work of sequins or a single decorative button. Iron stones in numerous colours and sizes are also available in the shops of Gausia Market- every 100 stones will cost you within tk.30 to tk.80.
Laces made from metallic threads are also popular nowadays. Sleeves and slits of kameez are now complemented with laces produced from silver or golden thread. Each yard of these gorgeous laces will cost you between tk.15 and tk.30.
Besides A.K. Traders, some of the other popular accessories stores of Gausia Market include Jori House and Al-Amin Jori House. Each day hundreds of girls, women and dress designers crowd in these small outlets to get the best deal for the best materials for their dresses. These shops not only offer the best bargain for stuffs that add beauty and value to your outfit, but also sell things that have the best quality. Most of the things available in these outlets are brought from India, Pakistan, China and Thailand .
Although Gausia market is considered the paradise for clothing accessories like laces, buttons, ribbons, sequins, threads, stones and beads, they are also widely available in the shops of Government New Market, Mouchak Market and other big market places selling material for dresses.
Therefore, to add glamour to the way your outfits look, do step inside the always-jam-packed Gausia Market to obtain excellent deals for dress accessories.
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