GEORGE TOWN: Embroidered red purses from China are making a bold fashion statement this Chinese New Year.
Made in a variety of sizes, the purse can fit several ang pow packets, a smartphone or even electronic gadgets like a tablet.
Trader Lee Eng Kuang, 64, said he was always on the lookout for the latest products to sell just before the lunar new year.
The accessory, he said, was a convenient way to carry ang pow when visiting relatives and friends. It could even be used throughout the year.
The purses, priced between RM10 and RM24 each, come in many designs and sizes.
“If there are bulk orders, of course, I will give a discount,” said Lee when met at his stall outside the wet market along Jalan Pasar in Pulau Tikus yesterday.
Tan Mei Ling, 35, said she was drawn to the bright coloured purses as they matched her red cheongsam.
“I did not expect to find such purses here but I’m glad that I did.
“I’m planning to buy several more to give as gifts to my mother, sisters and in-laws,” said the freelance graphic designer.
Tan was among those spotted shopping for the festival which falls next Tuesday and Wednesday.
Housewife Liz Lai, 48, said she enjoyed going to the Pulau Tikus wet market to buy nian gao (kuih bakul), which were going for between RM5 and RM15 depending on the size.
“I stay nearby. Every few days, I visit the market to do some Chinese New Year shopping,” she said.
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