Hello! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend❤ Mine was nice, but it went all too quick. One of the things I did this weekend was to go to Nippori fabric district to get some fabrics I needed for custom orders. I went there at around 2pm, and ended up wandering around there for about 3 hours, trying to find this perfect, teal color that matches with the ribbon that my customer sent me (right). You have no idea how happy I was when I finally came across with the perfect match!
My usual routine was to go straight to Tomato and get all my shopping done there. I’m used to Tomato, and I felt like I knew my way around – also thought they had the most reasonable prices in Nippori. However, after checking out bunch of other stores in Nippori this weeknd, I was convinced otherwise.
Through this 3 hours of wandering around, I found a new shop called “Zak Zak“. I think you would love or hate Zak Zak, because the place is not all well organized. It’s like a warehouse type of place, and reminds me of the warehouse fabric place I used to go in Philly, called “Jomar”. I love it because it is like a treasure hunt, and I can find good deals there at amazing prices – if you have time to kill, that’s the place to check out. Also it’s great when you don’t have any particular fabric shopping list, to enjoy what you can find in such a mess!
Also the other shop I like is “Miki“. I go there if I am looking for dressy fabrics, like satin or silk. They have different varieties of higher end fabrics, and that’s where I found the teal fabric. Although the satin is in polyester, it is rather higher quality and drapes it well as compared to some 290yen (3 bucks) a meter poly satin you find at Tomato.
I also enjoyed reading this article on Sew, Mama, Sew! blog about Japanese craft store.The writer of the article, Karen has a cute blog, called Seam Ripper.
If you live in Europe, this article about European sewing scene might interest you:)