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indian printed cotton…

rekha | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I have searched exhaustively for printed cotton fabric with traditional Indian (Asian) prints but only run into trade URLs or those selling garments. Can anyone help?


  1. sarahkayla | | #1

    I have used bedspreads..

    I don't know where you are...but the indian shopping district here in new york carries such cottons . i bought some last summer at $1/yard.


    sarah in nyc

    1. rekha | | #2

      Do you have any URLs?

      1. sarahkayla | | #3

        no - these are mom and pop operations...OOOOHHHH (I just thought of something...there are..you may want to check out some of the sari sites online...just google sari and go from there)




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      ehBeth | | #4

      SarahK - where is the Indian shopping district in NYC?   I'm planning a wander-around vacation for a few days at the end of April - and that sounds (if it's anything like the Little India here in Toronto) like a great wander-around opportunity.

      General cross-streets?


      1. sarahkayla | | #5

        this will be a subway adventure...take the #7 train out to jackson heights - the broadway and 82nd street stop...there are tons of sari and jewelery and fabricstores and some terrific restaurants as well..the trip is about 35 minutes or so ( maybe a bit more) from times square..there was an article in a pre-christmas issue of the newyorker about shopping in ethnic neighborhoods in new york..and jackson heights was mentioned...it is a total feast for your eyeballs

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          ehBeth | | #6

          Brilliant! Thanks SarakK. This is just the kind of adventure I want for my trip.Thank you!

          1. sarahkayla | | #7

            come hungry...the food is terrific and cheap

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            ehBeth | | #8

            It sounds like you've heard about my trip plan somehow <big smile>

            Walk a lot, browse a lot, have great inexpensive lunches, walk some more, take a ferry, browse some more, meet friends for drinks and appetizers. Sleep. Repeat.

          3. sarahkayla | | #9

            what's the point of coming to new york if you can't do lots of great cheap eating? while in the fabric district you may want to check out the schwarma place on the corner of 37th and 8th...not dirt cheap,,,but YUMMY!!! the other schwarma place that you entered through a loading dock on I think 38th street  ( between 7th and 8th)may still be open...it really makes you feel like an insider to be eating in a place like that...the food was a stounding...and getting in throughthe loading docok always makes me laugh.


            schwarma is a middleeastern dish of meat roasted on a spit, sliced thin and served with pita bread and salads..some of them spicy...a messy yummy meal.

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            ehBeth | | #10

            Thanks SarahK.  Shawarma (local sp) is a standard in the Annex neighbourhood here in Toronto.  It's always interesting to try different variants as it seems to vary by village of origin of the cook.   I'm going to be really interested to see the NYC Indian neighbourhood as South Asian people come from all over North America to shop in Toronto's South Asian areas.  Compare and contrast and all that. 

            One of my big targets in regard to this forum is going to be finding an interesting button shop.  You can never have enough unique buttons. 

          5. SewNancy | | #11

            There is M & J on 6th Avenue, and there is always a trip to Tender Buttons up town.  There is another tiny shop on the north side of 40th, I think that has very nice buttons, I don't have a name but, some of the tinier shops have some very interesting stuff.


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            ehBeth | | #12

            Thank you, Nancy.<adding the info to my trip folder>I discovered in talking to my mother last week that a group from my hometown went to NYC on a button excursion!

      2. needlenose | | #13

        Hi ehBeth, just catching up on the chats ... do you have any favourite fabric shops in Little India in Toronto? I've been meaning to go but without a specific store to head for, I haven't felt like wandering around in winter ... thanks, Shari

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          ehBeth | | #14

          Hi, Shari. I'll poke around in my photos to see if I can get the correct spelling of my favourite shops. I usually go with friends from friends from Goa and Sri Lanka who are amazed by what we can get here. There are occasionally (rarely) better deals available out in Brampton, but they assure me the best quality is in the Gerrard/Coxwell strip.(will look through the pix tomorrow evening)

  2. fashtothej9 | | #15


    If you happen to live anywhere in Southern California there is a place called Little India in Artesia, CA.  It is located on one street... Pioneer Blvd... and it runs from Artesia Blvd to South St.  It is a great town with several stores that carry not all cotton but pretty shear fabrics, trims, beads, and more... it could help.

    1. rekha | | #16

      I live in the UK, so if you can get hold of the URL, that is if they have a web site, it should be useful, thanks

      1. Cera | | #17

        Hi Rekha,Do you live in London or near about? There is a shop in Tooting Beck (on the black line, in the Indian shopping area in Tooting), called Nassar's, they sell all sorts of fabrics from India. I bought some beatiful Indian Khadi to make a churidar-kameez. Nassar's had two locations, both in the same area, here is the addresses:111-113 Upper Tooting Road
        Tel: 020-8682-9990232 Upper Tooting Road
        Tel: 020-8767-0835I hope this helps (I know you are looking for websites, but I have never found any, as you say most URL's are trade ones).Cera

        1. rekha | | #18

          Magic! Thanks.

  3. ma7 | | #19

    Have you gone to http://www.equilter.com  ?  They also have a Fabric Passion Forum.  I know they have several Indian prints.  http://www.sttheresastextile.com  might also.  Good luck!  M A


  4. gayle | | #20

    Rekha, try http://www.faretahiti.com.  They carry Hawiian and other printed cottons and silks.


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