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Brighter colors returning to Thai stores after mourning period

Clothing, spirits makers see uptick in sales following king's funeral ceremony

A woman in black looks through a shop at Bangkok's Lalai Sap Market that reflected the end of the country's year-long mourning period by sprouting colors. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

BANGKOK -- With the year of mourning for Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej having ended on Monday, consumer goods are getting some of their color back.

The Platinum Fashion Mall here in the Thai capital is a popular tourist draw, with its numerous low-price shops. Bua, who runs a party dress shop in the mall, replaced the black clothing on three of her four mannequins with outfits sporting floral or polka dot patterns. She made the switch on Oct. 27, a day after the main ceremony of the late king's funeral was held. "I displayed black clothes during the mourning period," she said, "but that can't continue forever."

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