Lao Ren Cha and The Daily Bubble Tea both recently posted about the Dihua St (迪化街) Lunar New Year’s snacktravaganza, which reminded me of another awesome nearby attraction — Yongle Fabric Market (永樂市場). A few months ago, I wrote an article about the market. I interviewed Howard Lu (呂國華), who, in addition to running a couple of fabric shops, also wrote a thesis on the history of Yongle . It’s no longer as important to Taiwan’s economy as it was during its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, but Yongle is still the go-to place for sewers in the city. It’s also completely insane. When I was in high school, I worked at Jo-Ann’s Fabric. Every evening we had to put away bolts and bolts of fabric. I thought Jo-Ann’s was stuffed, but it’s an amateur’s playpen when compared to Yongle. Behold!
There is so much fabric, the bolts have to be roped in.
Material ranges from kawaii prints like Hello Kitty fabric imported from Japan to ah-ma (阿媽), or grandma, cloth to traditional Chinese brocades. It doesn’t matter if you are sewing a baby quilt, curtains or a gown for a drag queen, you’ll be able to find everything you want at Yongle.
If you head across Mingle Street (民樂街) to Chiehlangli (介良裡布行), you’ll find a great selection of ribbons and lace.
For more information and a guide to some of Yongle’s stalls, check out my article.