(A JigsNews investigation found that a Chinese delegationwho had come to Bhutan took photographs of Bhutanese-made ties from the crafts bazaar to copy the design)
Handicrafts shop owners in Bhutan are reportedly taking Chinese lessons to write to Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabo to immediately drop any plans to introduce ties from China to Bhutan. This comes after the alarmingly clandestine move by China to force Bhutan to accept ‘Made In China’ ties into Bhutan.
A JigsNews source from the Thimphu Crafts Bazaar said handmade ties woven with traditional Bhutanese material have a good market now and is a big hit among foreign tourists. Allowing Chinese ties to flood in the market would really affect the local market. The handicrafts shop owners association said Chinese are capable of weaving ties that can imitate the Bhutanese ones and sell it at a much cheaper price
“How can Bhutan allow a Chinese diplomatic mission here just for a few ties?” asked a shopkeeper. The association in a press release said the statement from the foreign ministry denying the Chinese tie rumor cannot be accepted. They also said the Bhutanese media has been irresponsible in reporting on the tie issue which quoted Chinese, Indian and other international newspapers on the issue but never took the effort to meet the handicrafts shop owners association.
“We will not believe the government unless the department of trade issues a statement. The foreign ministry has nothing to do with ties,” the statement said.
A JigsNews investigation found that a Chinese delegationwho had come to Bhutan took photographs of Bhutanese-made ties from the crafts bazaar to copy the design.
“Today they will import ties, and tomorrow they will import ghos and kiras,” an angry shopkeeper said.
The tie issue is expected to become more sensitive as JigsNews learnt that Bhutanese ties are also becoming really popular for different reasons.
“Some kinky tourists from Europe buy it to tie up their partners during sex sessions. They say the Bhutanese ties are as good as whips and ropes,” said a handicrafts shopkeeper.