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Polka-dot Dresses in High Demand in N. Korea

by Bidita Debnath on  March 20, 2013 at 11:33 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
According to an annual list compiled by a research analyst in South Korea, polka-dot dresses and manual threshing machines were among the hottest consumer products in North Korea last year.
 Polka-dot Dresses in High Demand in N. Korea
Polka-dot Dresses in High Demand in N. Korea
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The arrival of the boldly patterned dresses in the top 10 list was down to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's wife, Ri Sol-Ju, who was seen wearing them to public functions on state television.

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"Young North Korean women are keenly interested in the first lady's fashion style and try to follow her example" Dong Yong-Seung, a senior research fellow at the Samsung Economic Research Institute in Seoul, told AFP on Tuesday.

Dong has been compiling a top 10 chart of consumer items in North Korea since 2010, basing her findings on interviews with North Korean defectors and Chinese traders on the Sino-North Korean border.

The fact that manual threshing machines made the list spoke of the prevalence of electricity cuts in the countryside, Dong said.

Source: AFP
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