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The strange mix of commerce & colour

Adding to the festive mood in IPL II and making things colourful are the headgear used by spectators. Wigs with flowing strands or wild curls, multi-coloured hats — long and conical, even horns, a walk around the stands reveals the variety, Atreyo Mukhopadhyay reports.

cricket Updated: Apr 29, 2009 03:04 IST
Atreyo Mukhopadhyay

Adding to the festive mood in IPL II and making things colourful are the headgear used by spectators.

Wigs with flowing strands or wild curls, multi-coloured hats — long and conical, even horns, a walk around the stands reveals the variety.

This is an integral part of global sports which is not usually seen in India. Talking about the cricket crowd, you come across a variety of hats in the West Indies.

People in South Africa too seem to like the idea of turning up at the grounds as head-turners.

Tasneem Asmal is 15 and her cousin Zareef Adam 13. Most boys and girls of their age put on those hats or wigs and come to the ground to enjoy the cricket. But these two are selling them at the Kingsmead over the weekends and going to school on the weekdays.

“Normally, my father and uncle run this business. But they are in Johannesburg on work. So we are looking after the business for the moment,” said Tasneem. “My father is an exporter of fruits and does this whenever we have cricket in Durban.”

The children are not doing bad business either. “Today (on Monday, a public holiday here) we’ve sold close to 100 of them. We’ve run out of the clown caps and only have some wigs left. We will have to get a new lot on the next match day,” she informed.

Made in China and priced from 40 to 80 rand, the headgear are a big hit with children as well as adults.

Fans of all shapes and sizes wear them and enjoy the game. Knowingly or unknowingly, they turn the stadium into a cauldron of different vibrant shades.

Commerce and colours form a fine combination during those hours.

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