I’ve had a busy sewing week, but most has been done by hand. The problem with that is that if I show update pictures every day, it would get pretty boring since progress is slow. So, no progress pictures today, but I’m almost finished a few items, so I should have some soon. The exciting thing today is that I went to Seomun market in Daegu. To get there from the door of my house is the better part of three hours, but it has a HUGE fabric market. It was just me and G1, so that is always fun travelling without a toddler or little boys saying “Do we have to look at fabric?”
I know some of the fabric I purchased will be shipped back to Canada since I won’t get to it here, but I’m assuming the Korean fabric will be hard to get there. Anyway, my project wishlist has just about doubled, but I will not start anything new until I finish some things. I promise.
This market is like most Korean markets – busy and crowded. Some aisles are less than 24 inches (60 cm) wide. There is a building with two floors of stalls that make custom hanbok (traditional Korean clothes). There were so many beautiful outfits I can’t imagine how people decide. You can also buy fabric, since it is around in rolls for people to choose for their outfits. I asked the price of a hanbok from one vendor and it was about US$300. Considering it’s a custom-made, floor-length silk dress with a jacket, I thought that was a reasonable price.
If you want lace or trim, there are stores and booths that sell only that.
There are also booths that sell only buttons, but I didn’t get any pictures.
Of course the fabric was all neatly organized and displayed. Just joking. The silk and a few booths with wool were nicely displayed, but most was large stacks on tables or rolls randomly standing on the floor. Not pretty, but most cotton is under US$5 per yard.