January 3, 2011

Fabric Shopping in Hong Kong: Sham Shui Po

I spent 3 days in the Fabric District of Hong Kong, but I could have spent a week. It is completely overwhelming and so easy to get lost in.

You can find everything and anything you want in terms of trims, fabric, elastic, buttons and ribbons. Every colour you can imagine is available here.

Nam Cheong and Yu Chau street are great places to start for trims, feathers, rhinestones, buttons and snaps. For fabric stores, the streets go on for what seems like blocks and blocks. You can take the fabric swatch cards from the stores and sometimes swatches from the roll. Most stores only deal with retail, but other shops also take wholesale orders.

I brought back an extra suitcase worth of fabric, trims and supplies for the Love At First Blush line.

Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong
Ribbons and trims
Satin, Chiffon, Lining colour swatch cards


  1. Hey!! I am a new follower! and I am really in love with your blog! I love this post! And I just wanted to ask, if it is hard to speak with the people? I speak english ok. I would love to go to hong kong to buy fabric! But I am scared that I will have a lot of problems with the language! )) thank you!

  2. Thanks so much for following! In Hong Kong they speak English and Chinese, so you shouldn't have trouble conversing with them.

    You should really check it out, there's so many stores and shops!

  3. Hi,
    amazing blog.
    i've been told that sham shui po deals only with wholesale - but i need to get fabrics for samples right now - can i buy several meters only?
    thank you

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  4. Hi Aliya,

    Sham Shui Po has tons of shops, most of them are wholesale but some deal with the public. You can find some stores with low minimums for fabric yardage. Definitely look around though and bring a map! You might get lost!


  5. Hi:

    Is this area where I will find 6 yards of chiffon or georgette for INDIAN sarees (45 inches wide)?


  6. Hi Genie,

    I saw some stores carrying solid chiffon fabrics. You will have to check with each store as they may have different minimums you need to meet.


  7. Hi Sabrina ..... How does one se up a wholesale account with the stores direct? Do you just take your ABN.? Many thanks in advance

    Also would you advise getting guide to take you around the stores. ? Also if I was looking at setting. Up a store in Tassie how long would you plan to stay in HK. Thanks jenny

    1. Hi Jenny,

      If you meet the minimums you can buy it wholesale. I don't think you even need your ABN, but I would bring it just in case. I didn't need a guide, but definitely get a map. You'll probably need at least 3-5 days or more. There's just so much to do and see!

      Have a great time.


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  9. hi . thanks for this. i just wanna ask. do they sell satin cords or chinese cord? im planning to go to hongkong and buy materials for jewelry accesories making. is this the right place to buy some ribbons, cords and many more.

    1. Hi An,
      Yes they have all types of cords and ribbons.

  10. Love your post :)
    Can you please suggest me shops where i can buy velvet fabric in sham shui po or any other place you know? :) Thankyou


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