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  • Jill C. 3:45 am on March 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Shopping for fabric and supplies in Bangkok 

    Sampeng Lane in Chinatown is the best place to buy 100% cotton fabric at good prices. If you buy 10 meters or more, you get the wholesale price. It can be 1 meter of 10 different fabrics. Minimum cut, 1 meter. No bargaining, because it’s not a tourist place, it’s a wholesale place. Prices range from 3 meters for 100 baht ($1 per yard) up to 250 baht per meter (about $8 per yard). You’ll find Fabric Center in addition to many other shops, see Sampeng Lane Map. Opening hours are from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

    The following stores in Bangkok sell 100% cotton fabric. These are all branches of one company, and if you buy more than 2500 baht you get a 10% discount.

    Fabric from Sampeng Lane

    fabric from Fabric Center, Sampeng Lane

    Fabric House: ground floor Central City, Bang Na, Bangkok tel. 02-361-0570

    Fabric House: Central World 2nd floor near Isetan, tel. (662) 255-6152

    Fabric House: ground floor Seacon Square, Srinakarin Rd., Bangkok tel. 02-721-8709

    Fabric Fashion: 1st floor The Mall 3, Ramkamhaeng, Bangkok tel. 02-310-1020

    Fabric Center: 277 Sampeng Lane, tel. 02-222-2460

    Tang hua seng is a department store with two branches: one across the river in Thonburi and one on Khao San Road. They sell fabric, fat quarters, batting (white or black), thread, rotary cutters and blades, and craft supplies. I noticed ‘sa’ paper, burlap, terrycloth, and velcro in pink, red, green, black and white up to 4″ wide. Tang Hua Seng is on Nancy Chandler’s Map of Bangkok


    Rotary cutters, blades and cutting mats are available at JCC stationery store on Narathiwat Road in the Silom area (business district).
    And some small shops:

    PINN SHOP mostly crafts and some quilting accessories, 500 shops nationwide including PINN Counter in The Emporium’s Stationery Section and one in Siam Paragon’s Handicraft Section. They have fusible web.

    Pretty Quilt Shop in the Oasis shopping center, next to the entrance for the Nichada Thani neighborhood on Samakee Road in Nonthaburi

     
    • Maja 12:27 am on February 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      thanks for all the information about buying fabrics.
      where could i buy printed jersey cotton in Bangkok (cotton, lycra). thank you, Maya

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      • Jill C. 9:16 am on February 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        There is a market for cotton knits in Suksawat, Bangkok.

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        • Mel Anderson 10:00 am on March 28, 2017 Permalink

          Hi Jill C.
          Hoping you can help me. I’m wanting to buy digital print chiffon or silk/chiffon. I’m heading to Thailand in a couple of weeks and hoping to purchase quantities for our kaftan business.
          Hope you can help.
          Regards
          Mel

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        • Jill C. 10:45 am on March 28, 2017 Permalink

          There’s lots of chiffon at China World mall in Pahurat. I only saw polyester chiffon. There are hundreds of shops though. There are silk shops at The Old Siam mall nearby, but I only saw heavy silks there.

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    • Lauren 9:30 am on December 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Where can I buy felt? I wanted to make Chirstmas stockings for my children but didn’t know where to get them but didn’t want to go all the way to CHina town just for that. I live in Minburi so if anyone knows a place close to MInburi, that would be good. Id prefer not to go down town if possible. If anyone knows of a shop at Bangna that would also be fine because I am planning to go there.

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    • Rita Osei 10:08 am on August 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi I would like to know if you have any suggestions on how I may obtain battling material with thermal insulation and feather downs

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    • Ash 2:36 pm on June 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Looking for tweed material for suits

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    • John Melville 9:50 am on May 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hello,

      I have run out of linen quilting thread. Would you know where to buy this in Bangkok? Even better in Pattaya. I’d be very grateful for info. Thank you in advance. Sincerely
      J. Melville

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    • Roxanne Palec 9:30 am on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      hi Jill, id like to ask if theres a shop in bangkok that sells sewing materials, like cutting mat/rotary mat? thank!

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      • Jill C. 10:00 am on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        For the big mat 24″ x 36″ they have those at JCC Stationery, it’s in walking distance of the Chong Nonsi BTS. From the BTS take exit 4 walk down Narathiwat Rd and it is on your right before the end of the road – the road ends in a T with Surawong. They have rotary cutters and wholesale boxes of blades. Other than that there is Pinn Shop which is located in most malls. And there is Twee Shop Asoke 2/3 Sukhumvit 16 tel 02 229 4431 open Mon-Fri 8:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sat 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, and Sun 10:30 am – 7:00 pm. Also Tang Hua Seng department store at Khao San.

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    • Mary 6:10 pm on December 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Where is this shop in dampens lane . I could not find

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    • Roxy 12:02 pm on September 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      hi, id like to ask if they have a website where I can order online since I probably wont be able to visit their store in thailand. btw, im from Philippines. Thank you for the reply

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    • Robert 1:02 pm on August 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi there, very good site for fabric shopping in BKK. I want buy Viscose/Polyester Mix or Rayon/Polyester Mix or Microfiber (like MicroModal AIR from viscose or Microfiber from polyester/polyamide). Someone know some fabric shop in Bangkok? Thanks in advance.

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    • Robert 8:50 am on August 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi there, this site looks very interesting. I am looking for viscose-polyester mix fabric or rayon-polyester mix or micro-fiber fabric like MicroModal AIR what is same micro fiber viscose or micro fiber from polyester/polyamide. I need this for pants and shirts. I never see before in Thailand. Is there some fabric shop in Bangkok? Thanks in advance.

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    • Kandice 10:34 am on June 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi there, Any idea on how to contact the fabric businesses in Thailand via email at all?

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      • Fernando 3:18 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Kandice,
        In Thailand mailing is not very common. Moreover, most of retailers can’t speak nor write in English.
        My advise is you to come over or ask someone in place to do the “shopping” for you.

        Also it is possible to search for an intermediate in town who knows how to deal with the retailers and get a better price.

        If you need some help on this, send me a mail: fernando@hips.asia

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    • Anonymous 5:26 pm on June 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for the information. I am a newbie in sewing and barely just got my machine running……. Any suggestion on threads? Lots lots of threads.

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    • Anonymous 2:28 pm on May 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hai,
      im looking for flannel and cotton knit fabric in Bangkok. U know where can i get those material?.
      tq

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    • Orianna 8:11 pm on April 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Jill. I think you are the best in describing fabrics shopping places. Thanks because when I went to Chinaworld fabric outlet I felt like I was in heaven. You are living in Bkk, right? Do you know somebody who loves patchwork and quilting in Pattaya? I’m living there. Bye bye.

      Orianna

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    • Chris 5:27 pm on March 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Jill, I am looking for silk dupion (or similar) to make a large wall hanging and a quilt. Can you advise me where I might find this fabric?

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      • Jill C. 9:38 pm on March 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Try ‘The Old Siam’ Plaza in Chinatown. There are several silk shops there.

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    • TSJ 9:13 pm on February 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi

      where in Bangkok can I buy the best fabrics for making children /women handkerchief?

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      • Karan 10:32 am on June 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        We sell cotton muslin and cotton poplin wholesale. The muslin is perfect for handkerchiefs. We have 50 running colors in the muslin and 30 in poplin. Color catalogs are available.
        We are located in a long (650 Meters) winding soi near Tha Phra intersection, about 20 minutes across the river from Sampheng. Warehouse/Office in one place.
        check http://www.bsktextiles.net
        Call 02 472 4061-5.

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        • Axworthy 8:08 am on January 4, 2017 Permalink

          Please advise phone number

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    • Maureen Northenor 7:48 am on January 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great information!! Do you know if any of these shops have websites to order from. Thanks again for the great info!!

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    • Jen 9:52 pm on October 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, great site and wonderful resource for a newbie at fabric shopping in BKK. May I know if its safe to travel alone with a bb? Any good rest stops to suggests? Would traffic be a nightmare if I am going to leave around noon? Thanks in advance!

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      • Jill C. 10:22 am on October 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Traffic is bad during morning and evening rush hour. Around 4:00 pm traffic in the city starts to get jammed. Noon should be good as to traffic. It is safe to travel alone with a baby. I suggest going to Chinaworld mall in Pahurat, used to be Central Wangburapa. It’s air conditioned, has a food court and restrooms, and it has all the fabric a quilter or crafter would ever need. You could easily spend a day there. The shops at Chinaworld moved from Sampeng Lane, so they are authentic wholesale fabric shops. Must see – Kimono house floor 1 near elevator for fabric. Nearby you can walk over to Sampeng Lane but it is difficult to maneuver with a baby – you could not take a stroller on the walking lane with people pushing and shoving and motorcycles going through. Have a nice shopping trip with bb!

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    • Leandra Louder 5:21 pm on September 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I am currently living in Bangkok and I am looking for heavy fleece or polar fleece fabric. Have you seen any shop in the Bangkok area that sells it? I will probably be buying at least 2 bolts.

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    • Anonymous 9:07 pm on September 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      thank you so much for setting up this site.

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    • Sandra 11:48 pm on February 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you very much for the addresses. I am especially looking for oil cloth or laminated cotton. Do you have an idea where I can buy this in bangkok?

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      • Anonymous 7:36 pm on August 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Sandra, did you find anywhere for oil cloth

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    • Bindu 8:14 am on June 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Could anybody tell me, where can I buy matress, pillows n cuddle for massage n spa in BKK in a cheaper price? Thank u so much.

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    • Anonymous 2:14 am on November 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, do you know if any of the fabric shops you listed have websites?

      Kind regards.

      Rosalyn

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    • Anonymous 5:29 pm on July 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for the information. I visited some of the shops mentioned here, and they actually had great selections of patterns. I am wondering if they can also actually make something out of their fabric as well, or only selling fabric. I am now trying to have bedding for my baby customized and I am looking for a tailor who can make them. Do you know any place who can do the work for me? I have an idea/picture of what I want. I need to get fabric and find a tailor to do it for me.

      Thanks you so much again for the information!

      Warm regards,

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    • Helene Nordfjord 5:30 pm on March 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you so much for information about where to shop fabric. This has been my best shopping-day ever. I am in love with Bangkok! Next time I have to buy more fabric and buttons and….and use a post office to send it home. I have to put some of the fabric in my dear husband’s suitcase. He has been with me for hours to carry today.

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  • Jill C. 2:21 pm on June 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: lectures, textiles, , weaving   

    The Never Ending Threads – The Journey from the Traditional to the Contemporary Weaving of Thailand 

    Jarupatcha Achavasmit

    On Thursday, June 19 at 10:30 a.m. Khun Jarupatcha Achavasmit gave a very interesting talk about Thai textiles. The lecture was at the William Warren Library, at the Jim Thompson House in Bangkok, and was organized by The Thai Textile Society. Khun Jarupatcha talked about modern fabric designers who bring new ideas to weaving. Traditional Thai weaving in cotton or silk is already intricate and beautiful. Add fabric dye, or digitally print on the fabric, and weave the threads slightly differently, and the fabric becomes modern art.

    Khun Jarupatcha is a fabric designer and teacher. The first designer she talked about is Lady Lea Dingjan-Laarakker. Lady Lea combines fabric dying with weaving. She paints the warp threads, which are attached to the loom before weaving begins. She uses environmentally friendly dyes from Switzerland. Lady Lea has a background in western painting and that brings something new to the Thai silk weaving.

    Next Khun Jarupatcha talked about Sasiwan Damrongsiri of Chabatik. She works with ikat weaving, also known as mudmee. She does modern things with the motif such as enlarging the scale of the design from 1 millimeter to 1 inch so the design looks different.

    Next the talk included Nussara Tiengkeit who has a boutique in Chiang Mai called “Nussara.” Her idea is to create spaces in the fabric for a new effect, by leaving out some threads during the weaving. The new look is so popular that it has been copied and can be seen wherever tourists buy souvenir textiles and wall hangings, such as at the Emporium.

    Other modern designers discussed were: Kachama K. Perez, a fiber artist trained in Japan, Kent Gregory of Sop Moei Arts, and Elisabetta Ziller, a 21 year old student from England, who looks at traditional textiles with the question, “Why does it have to be this way?”

    The lecture was in English, but with many Thai university students there, we had some questions and answers in Thai at the end, with translation. One question concerned the fact that the traditional weavers are older people. We don’t see many young people at the looms. Does this mean traditional weaving is on the way out? A good answer came from the audience. A university student (a young man) thought that if we are even asking this question, chances are there is interest and it will not die out.

    Another student wondered if the beautiful modern art created by these upcoming designers will catch on around the world but be out of reach for the typical local customer who used to use it in daily life. No one had an answer for that one.

    Remember Bangkok Fashion City? Bangkok was supposed to be a fashion hub. It was ended by the government in 2006. Khun Jarupatcha had some beautiful clothing in the fashion shows though! One cute dress had a woven geometric print she called “gridlock,” named after the traffic jams in Bangkok.

    Currently, Khun Jarupatcha works as part of a design team at Thailand Carpet Manufacturing. She uses leftover yarn from industrial carpet production and hand weaves it into the “Royal Weave” line of carpets. How did Khun Jarupatcha learn to weave? She went to the village of Bang Rai and lived there for two months as a “girl who wanted to learn how to weave.” It all adds up to a passion for Thai weaving that made for a very interesting lecture.

     
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