|This is the face of fabric smugness|
And this is what I bought! It’s a gorgeous multicoloured silk twill, with a beautiful drape. Le sigh. The big challenge will be figuring out what to do with it… (and how not to mess up the pattern placement! I might have to recruit the help of the Crafty Foxes….)
Next up, we went down the poshness scale, and headed north up to the Tan Dinh Market. Opposite the market on Hai Ba Trung, we found a little cluster of fabric stores:
They were remarkably reminiscent of the Goldhawk road and the cheaper stores in NYC. The most notable thing was the plethora of knits: so many! Unlike the stores I’m used to, at least 50% of the fabrics were knits, albeit most of them were synthetic.
We then headed into the market itself, where there were aisles upon aisles of fabric stalls, all neatly folded up in 12 foot high piles. I must say, it did underline the need to pre-wash fabric – I won’t even tell you what we saw occurring on top of piles of fabric….!
Our final trip was to the Cholon (Chinatown) district, where we went to Tran Hung Dao St, and Tong Duy Tan which is known as “Haberdashery Alley”. This area appeared to be more wholesale – I suspect that they may have supplied the other market we went to, along with local garment makers. There were various indoor markets with stall after stall of wools, shirtings and yet more knits.
Here’s the alley in all its glory!
As usual, fabric shopping was overwhelming, but I’m a trouper! In addition to the lovely silk I picked up four more fabrics:
– Pre-pleated purple chiffon! I have never seen this sold before and squealed when I found it! Woop! Simple pleated skirt coming up
– Cloud printed lightweight cotton – a summer skirt, methinks
– A royal blue floral border print chiffon – obviously I need another maxi skirt
– And finally, arrow printed “silk” (I think it’s probably polyester)