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A Badger among the Hawkeyes
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Date: 3/7/14 7:55 PM

Help ASAP!
I am traveling and am in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia-my husbands job allows us great traveling opportunities once each year. There has to be a store or two (or more) where I can buy fabric while I'm here. I leave March 11 2014 so I hope my question can be answered while I still have time to shop. Thank you all in advance for your input!

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Date: 3/8/14 6:04 AM

Perhaps try the market-type streets. I haven't been to KL but in Kuching the bazaar street had fabric shops with lovely fabric. Try Jalan Masjid India in KL (hubby has just found it on his new Google toy) but reviews on TripAdvisor are mixed, most commenting that the shops are owned by Indian Muslims so clothing, and I assume also the fabric, is specifically suitable for Muslim women. This was also true for Kuching but I bought lots of lovely fabrics at great prices (and I'm a non-Muslim NZer). I guess you have already asked the concierge?

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Date: 3/8/14 10:14 AM

LOL. I never ask what religion my fabric follows!

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Date: 3/8/14 11:58 AM

You've got today yet to check it out. Have you found anything?

In Bangkok (in February 2014) the widest selection and best prices (for cotton and linen, especially) was the Indian fabric sellers area in the largest street market.

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Date: 3/8/14 2:52 PM

I was in KL 2 years ago, and cannot remember how close Selangor was to KL, but I got some very beautiful silk batik pieces there.
tel.603-61891948
batik@steamyx.com

eastcoastbatik@hotmail.com

Maybe they can help.

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Date: 3/8/14 5:29 PM

I was in KL a couple of years ago and they had some higher end silk shops in an area close to little India. I wish I kept the name of that street. Maybe Google can help?

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Date: 3/8/14 5:41 PM

A quick search turned up "Gulati's Silk House" and it looks like one of the stores I stopped in. If I am correct, there are a few other stores on that same road.

Google Maps of Gulati's

I also stumbled upon the National Textile Museum while walking one day. They had exhibits on the entire batik making process while I was there, might be worth your time to check it out:

Google search for KL Textile Museum results

Have fun, the weather should be nice this time of year down there!
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Date: 3/15/14 2:25 AM

OMG!!! I hit fabric Heaven in KL! After posting I looked online (the concierge was of no help), found an address of a fabulous store called Harisons, The Fabric Department Store. Literally 4 floors of high quality silks, cotton satins, home furnishing fabrics, men's suiting and shirtings, bridal and special occasion fabrics like beaded border prints and fabric, fabric, fabric! The prices were great, regular priced fabric was much less than anything I could get in the US, the selection was incredible and the sales were awesome!
Yes, Annie, you're right, Indian Muslims catering to Muslim patrons, after shopping there I began to notice a lot of the silk fabrics I looked at on Muslim women, BEAUTIFUL silk fabrics. And because of the large amounts of fabric used in current Muslim attire I picked up washable silk "remnants" of 3 to 4 meters for (not kidding) $3/meter.
I went three days in a row, the very helpful clerks knew me by name-I'm sure "the crazy American lady" is how they referred to me ! AND the store is the beginning of 2blocks of market-style shops with so many selections, it was overwhelming!
I've never had a "stash" before now, I bought so many great pieces-I will sew for weeks (and weeks)!

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Date: 3/15/14 9:42 AM

Wonderful trip report Badger! Glad to hear you had so much fun and got so much beautiful fabric. All that silk sounds divine! Happy sewing!

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Date: 3/16/14 9:44 AM

I am so happy that you found what you were DREAMING of
It has been almost 2 years, and I am still loving my stash from there. I guess I should be sewing it!
Happy sewing

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