Saigon’s fabric market 

Xin chào mọi người!!! As I mentioned in my previous post, I am staying in Ho Chi Minh for a week. While my fiancé is busy working, I am spending my days biking around for fabric markets! I am surprised with what the city is offering! Hereby I noted down my experience accordingly to different district.
Tips:

  1. As a foreigner, I had hard time looking for washroom, so I avoid drinking before my visit.
  2. Wear footwear that are easy to remove as they don’t wear shoes in the shop.
  3. They don’t take credit card, so bring enough cash!
  4. Some sellers understand basic English and Chinese, Google translate would be very useful over there 🙂

Ready? Here we go 😀

District 5 ( Soai Kinh Lam fabric market + Dai Quang Minh market )

I spend my first two days at District 5, check out both Soai Kinh Lam fabric market and Dai Quang Minh market. They are located just 300 meters (4 mins walk) away from each other.

Soai Kinh Lam fabric market is considered one of the biggest fabric market in the city! The shops are located along the busy street, becareful with the ongoing traffic!

The market offers ranges of textiles, from plain cotton to fancy embroidered laces; however, the choices rather repetitive. Some sellers know basic English and Chinese, whereby some are kind and being patience with me as I communicate with them Google translate.

Below are what I bought from Soai Kinh Lam market, not as much since it is more pricey.

On the other side, Dai Quang Minh market offers ranges of accessories, tassels, strings, sewing materials, notions, embroidery patch and a lot more!!! I will let pictures do the talking below!

The market’s entrance

 

 

Some of the shops sell in bulk, generally the price is a lot cheaper from Malaysia and Singapore!

Ribbon embroidery that sell in bulk.

Bra cup selling at VND10,000 per pair.

Beads!!!

I am really surprised with all the supplies in Dai Quang Minh market! I can spend half day just looking at the embroidery patches and beads *laughing*

Tan Binh district ( streets opposite Tan Binh market ) 

No words could describe my excitement when I arrived! Unlike Soai Kinh Lam fabric market, the stocks here are generally higher quality and nicer! Surprisingly, the price is cheaper here compare to Soai Kinh Lam market and the sellers are friendlier too!

I am going crazy all over these beautiful textiles!!! Too bad I don’t have enough cash and they don’t take credit card *sobbing*

Don’t forget to check out the market too, they have a lot interesting notions, hangers, and mannequins.

Zipper wall!!!

I believe the market offers not just textiles and notions but also a place for fashion wholesale business. Look at how much they bought and carried in the bike!

I really love these textiles I got from the market! Priced at VND 20000 per meter, I am rather confused how they charged because some textiles they sell it in weight ( for instance, VND 275000 per kg).

Ben Tanh market and Tan Dinh market

Both of these markets are tourist spots, they do offer textiles but just a few stalls… Overall you can find what they selling here in Soai Kinh Lam fabric market.

Ben Tanh and Tan Dinh are offering more of the sourvenirs and food.

Personally, I prefer Tan Binh market the most for their textiles. Whereby for the haberdashery, I like Dai Quang Minh market more than Tan Binh market bacause they are more complete and you can find everything under the same roof.

Feel free to drop me comment if you have any questions, hope you enjoy reading this!

Fabric remnants hunting trip 

Hello from Vietnam *waving hands* 🤗 I am spending a week here with my fiance, while he is working, I am exploring around the city.

I did my research online, decided to check out Phu Tho Hoa street which known as “fabric scrap street” by the locals. (Address: Phu tho hoa street, Phu tho hoa ward, Tan phu district 

The whole stretch is full of fabric remnants shops, which selling leftover textiles from sewing contractor in Saigon. The seller rearranged these leftovers and charge them by weight (I bought my remnants at VND 60,000 per kilograms) 

Piles and piles of fabrics displyed on the floor. You might be  surprised what is hidden in there 😊

Apart from textiles, there are a few stores selling trims and hangtags too. 

I spend around two hours there, generally the sellers are kind and nice.

The fabric is being charged by weight. On average, I spend VND 60,000 on per kilogram. 

 

My shopping bag is weighed 5.6kg at the end, it was too heavy to carry around! I should have brought a suitcase with me! I can’t shop any longer hence I decided to leave early. Guess what I purchased? 

Tadaa!!! 12 pieces of fabrics!!! I found a few plain white fabric for my wedding gown, silky red chiffon for my wedding buffet and printed floral chiffon for my friend. Most of them have tiny defection or comes in odd shape. 

The black fabric is connected by two pieces, the white chiffon is tinted whereby the floral fabric comes in odd shape. I believe the rest are leftover from cut and sew projects. 

Vietnam has a lot more to offer beside this, I am so excited to explore around! It is indeed a heaven for craft lover ^^