The INSIDER Summary:
- Yiwu International Trade City in Yiwu, China, is known as “Commodity City.”
- It’s the world’s largest wholesale market.
- Photographer Raffaele Petralla spent a month documenting the items sold there and the people who sell them.
If you’ve ever bought Christmas decorations or children’s toys, chances are they came from Yiwu, China.
Yiwu International Trade City, known as “Commodity City,” is home to the world’s largest wholesale market — 46 million square feet, to be exact, with over 62,000 booths inside. About 65-70% of these products are exported to over 215 countries and regions.
When photographer Raffaele Petralla read about Commodity City in “Confessions of an Eco-Sinner” by Fred Pierce, he knew he wanted to document the streets lined with wholesale merchandise and the people who call the city home.
Here are his incredible photos of the place where most “Made in China” products come from.
Yiwu International Trade City is the world's largest wholesale market located in Yiwu, Zhejiang, China.
Photographer Raffaele Petralla spent a month documenting the items sold there and the people who sell them.
He said most of the shopkeepers are relatives or friends of the owners of the companies that produce the goods.
'I decided to focus on the multiplicity of products, on their seriality, the very bright colours of plastic products,' he told INSIDER in an email.
The remote-controlled drones he bought 'were nice, very cheap, and my grandchildren were very happy,' he said. 'The same product was a 'top product' for Christmas in Italy, and, in fact, I found the same toys in Italy at much higher prices.'
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