Hong Kong fabric Market

Hi everyone

Happy Twenty Twelve! I’m back and have been busy catching up with friends. I hope you had a fantastic Christmas and New Year!

“My favorite era is always changing, but at the moment, I am loving the 1940s. The patterns use very little fabric and do not take up that much closet space (a welcome relief because of the many 1950s crinolined beauties already in residence there!).”

Congratulations Laura, I will be in touch soon to find out your size so I can start shopping for that 40s vintage pattern:)

Hong Kong was fun, especially for the kids!

I was really looking forward to fabric shopping in Hong Kong but was a little disappointed with the results.

Don’t get me wrong. There was an abundance of gorgeous prints, vivid solids and a huge variety of fabric types. I guess in Hong Kong, they tend to do things a little differently. I didn’t get to see many rolls of fabrics as they came mostly in the form of swatches displayed outside fabric wholesaler stores like these.

I touched the swatches and for the quality of fabric, prices were inexpensive. HOWEVER, most wholesalers will only sell a minimum of 5 metres per fabric. That was not the major issue. Most wholesalers in Hong Kong did not hold stocks in the stores and it could take one to three days for your cut fabric to arrive. I remember shopping at the Shanghai fabric market and while some stores did not hold stocks, they were able to deliver the fabrics in 15 minutes. So, that was a major bummer for me. I was able to see and touch many gorgeous fabrics (especially loved the chiffon prints!) but was not able to purchase them as I visited the fabric market towards the later part of my vacation in Hong Kong. So, if you are planning to visit the fabric wholesalers in Sham Shui Po (only a few MTR stops from Tsim Sha Tsui), Hong Kong, remember to go early in the trip and revisit for collection a few days after. And, yes you definitely need to bring cash.

I didn’t go home empty-handed though as I stumbled upon a stall selling denim in rolls and bought some black stretch denim and blue denim with a glittering effect. Both at US$3 per metre. In Singapore, I usually pay US$8 per metre of basic denim.

At other corners of the fabric market were many stores selling leather, beads, buttons and all sort of sewing accessories. I managed to buy some belt buckles from this store.

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