Wattanaporn at #256 Sampeng Lane – ร้าน วัฒนาภรณ์ – has a great supply of colorful beads & bead assortments, wire, charms, beading cords, bamboo purse handles, feathers, leather bracelets and hand woven cotton bracelets. They also have wholesale necklaces, earrings, and African themed accessories. Open 8:00 am to 5:30 pm daily except Sunday 8:00 to 3:00.
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This is the place for accessories to make bags and shoes. Most of these shops on Soi Sarapi near Wong Wian Yai are open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and are closed on Sundays. Products include PVC, leather, buckles, beads, chains, cord, feathers, fasteners, sequined fabric, rhinestone fabric, zippers, zipper pulls, shoe soles and heels, awls, needles, heavy thread and industrial sewing machines. There are embellishments made of leather like little flowers and shapes. The prices are wholesale and items can be made to order. The closest BTS station (Bangkok Transit System) is the Wong Wian Yai skytrain station, and the area is in walking distance of the skytrain.
Wattana Pu Leather Center has genuine leather, imitation leather, embossed and printed leather, patent leather, suede, sequined fabric, fur fabric, bag and shoe accessories and decorations, and heels. They sell feather fringe and trim by the yard.
Wattanaporn Panich has rings, buckles, locks, hooks, zips, frames, eyelets, rivets, key rings and buttons.
Wongwian Yai (meaning ‘Big Circle’ in Thai) is a roundabout in Thonburi, the old capital of Thailand. Wongwian Yai used to be a major business center before Bangkok became the capital. Nearby Charoenrat Road is famous as the center of leather goods shops in Thailand. There are specialty shops with supplies for shoe-making and purse-making. This area is just over the river from Bangkok across the Taksin Bridge (Sathorn Bridge). If you walk out exit 3 from the Wongwian Yai skytrain station and head down Soi Krung Thon Buri 1 also known as Soi Salapi, you’ll see the leather shops.
The shops have awls, wooden yardsticks, wax, die-cut tools, mallets, silver pens for writing on leather, vinyl, canvas, zippers by the roll, purse handles, chains, snaps, buckles and of course leather.
There is a shop called Laser Gallery which will laser-cut material such as leather, acrylic, wood, cloth, and plastic. You can bring acrylic sheets not more than 3 mm thick and they will cut it in shapes to your specifications. Open 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday. This might be the only place around where you can buy a fish skin made into leather.
After walking down Soi Salapi, turn right on Charoenrat Road and there are fabric shops selling sequin covered fabric which would make a very nice dressy evening gown or dance apparel, such as Pravitrungroj. Also lots of purse handles including wooden and leather ones. Well worth a trip. There were a few tourists too! Open Monday through Saturday 8:30 am to 7:00 pm.