Jun 26 2011

Fabric shopping in Bali: Jalan Sulawesi

Published by at 4:50 pm under Shopping


Jalan Sulawesi in Bali’s capital Denpasar is a stretch of road full of getting-dilapidated shophouses packed with all kinds of imaginable fabrics — as well as things like, um, cupboards, carved wooden chairs, plastic buckets and jewellery boxes.

This is it. Jalan Sulawesi.

This is it. Jalan Sulawesi.

Even if you’re not in the market for fabric, having a wander through and a sticky beak is an interesting way to spend an hour or three.

There's tradition.

There's tradition.

You’ll find plenty of traditional and not so traditional (that is, factory-made) batik, with some shops spilling around onto nearby Jalan Gajah Mada.

There's sexy.

There's sexy.

You’ll find plenty of glitzy, lacy fabrics piled into boxes outside and stacked to the ceilings inside.

There's sexy tradition.

There's sexy tradition.

If you’re on the hunt for a traditional Balinese kebaya, choose your fabric and get one whipped up here.

There's modern stuff.

There's modern.

You have to hunt a little harder for the offbeat stuff, but it’s there.

There's gold.

There's gold.

Some fabrics are used for traditional purposes, but you might be able to think of something else to do with them.

There's Bollywood.

There's Bollywood.

You’ll find fabrics you didn’t know you needed, even if you only planned to window shop.

There's your everyday sari material.

There's ... suburban Indian?

You’ll find unexpected prettiness in the ordinary.

There are pretty things.

There's pretty.

You’ll find off-the-rack scarves, which may or may not be silk.

There are pretty things.

There's very pretty.

Go on, take one in every colour.

There is stuff for EPL fans.

And there's not-so-pretty.

You’ll find something for the English Premier League fan in your life. We all have one.

There are bargains.

There are bargains.

Prices may be marked, or they may be negotiable. If they’re negotiable, counter-offer about half the initial asking price, but be prepared to go up from there.

Unexpected beauties.

There's unexpected beauty.

On the streets, where there aren’t more boxes of fabrics, you’ll find fruit, flowers and sweet treats, with vendors spilling out from nearby Pasar Badung.

And when you’re done, pop around to a coffee shop that has been running since 1935, Bhineka Djaja. A cappuccino will set you back 10,000 rupiah, and you can use the loo too.

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One Response to “Fabric shopping in Bali: Jalan Sulawesi”

  1. Sueon 03 Jul 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Hi,
    I am travelling to Bali in August and am thinking of getting covers made for my 3 piece cane setting while over there. Can you recommend anywhere to buy upholstery material and a tailor that could make them for me? I am planning on taking the old covers over for use as a pattern.
    Thanks
    Sue

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