This blog post will focus on two major sections: Nippori Fabric Town and Okadaya Store in Shinjuku.
Nippori (Sen-I Gei) Fabric Town
One of the main shops is Tomato, and most bloggers talk about this place in high regard. Yeah, its good, but do not be shy in visiting all the other shops in the area. In this section, I will reveal over 20 shops I visited and what I picked up. Stay tuned on our YouTube channel for a fabric haul video. I will go into depth into each fabric purchased and what we plan on designing with each.
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Nagato (Main Shop)
During this shopping trip, I decided I would buy at least two different fabrics that were completely opposite from what I would normally would design with. Pictured below is one choice: a silk crepe fabric sold by the panel with a nature inspiration. For this fabric, I plan on creating a high-waisted, hand pleated skirt that is midi length. By pleating the skirt, it will make the animals less noticeable and in my books, more wearable.
On the right is a stunning large stripe fabric featuring a few different fibres in ones. The colour combo made me buy it. We're thinking maybe an over-sized coat or a fit and flare dress. We must show off the stunning colours, head to toe! It cost 1000 yen, which is approximately $11 CAD per metre.
And Leather Shop
Tomato (Main Shop and Select-Kan)
Note to readers: if you see something in Tokyo you love, just buy it! Most likely you will not find it back home. UGH.
L musee Button Shop
Okadaya in Shinjuku is comprised of two buildings. One is six floors filled with textiles and some notions. Most of the fabrics I found in Okadaya were perfect for costumes. If you are into cosplay, you must visit this shop.
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Written and photographed by Sheila Wong
Edited by Samantha Quon
Sheila Wong Sewing Team