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Fabric Shopping in Beijing

I did manage to do a little bit of fabric shopping in Beijing.  Not too much, since on a family vacation with four kids, that is not a high priority.  One evening, however, dad took the little kids swimming and I bribed G1 to come to the market with me for a Chinese-style dress.  We were staying close to the Silk Market, which is a popular shopping place for tourists.  After doing a quick run around the lower floors, we headed up to the fabric area.  The fabric is sold by tailors.  You can pick out fabric and a pattern and have a dress or suit custom-made.  I saw a woman picking up a jacket she had ordered and she said she had never had a garment fit her that well.

It is a lot more spacious than the fabric markets I have been to in Korea, but that is probably because the purpose is not primarily to sell fabric but to sell clothing.  I did buy a couple of pieces, but I mainly just looked.  All the prices are negotiated, and I really didn’t want to barter for a small piece of fabric.  What I really wanted was to offer $5 for a bag of their scraps left over from making dresses, but even if I knew how to ask that in Chinese, I don’t know what they would have thought.

I’ve heard that there are better places in Beijing to shop for fabric, but since I only had an hour, I mixed it with other shopping.  I’ve also heard that Seoul has better quality and lower prices, so I’m still hoping to go there.

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One thought on “Fabric Shopping in Beijing

  1. That sounds fun! I saw your comment on my blog this morning, asking about Dongdaemun but I was on my way out of the house and now that I came home & checked again it looks like it’s gone. If you want, feel free to email me at san12why12 at aoldotcom. I would be happy to meet you there sometime or just give you some information, whatever you prefer.

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