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An Exclusive Silk Retail Shop near the Yonghegong Lamasery

[ From: Maggie Cheung | Published: 2008-02-27 Views: 3660 | Booked times: 64 ]
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Chinese silk fabric is very famous for its exquisite patterns and high quality. This is especially the case of silk manufactured in Hangzhou, a beautiful city in Zhejiang province.

 

Located near Beixinqiao metro station, I found a shop offering Hangzhou silk at fair prices.

 

The fabric patterns displayed in the shop windows attracted my eye. I pushed the door, and a clerk welcomed me warmly. Browsing through the shelves, I noted the silk fabric rolls were organized by prices and colors. Light hues were stowed on the right, darker colors on the left. In the back of the shop, a small workroom: the clerk explained it was used to tailor silk clothes and cotton garments.

 

Amongst the beautiful swatches of silk laid before me, my favorite was an orange patch bearing a phoenix design, a very traditional Chinese theme. A closer examination revealed the exquisite pattern was sewn with threads of several hues: golden, light blue, yellow, and green. The workmanship was of a high quality, and the silk material felt soft. At RMB 58/m, the price was definitely right. From what I observed in the shop, prices for silk fabric range between RMB 18 and RMB 168 per meter.

 

As noted earlier, the shop does not only resell fabrics, it creates tailor-made clothes. A regular Qipao dress would require 2 meters of silk to be made. So the price for a tailor-made dress C including a tailoring fee of RMB 85 -- would be comprised between RMB 121 and RMB 421, depending on the quality of the material selected. A very reasonable price compared with what you could expect to pay for off-the-rack Qipaos in more touristic areas of Beijing.

 

The shop also offers other made-to-order garments such as business suits and shirts (long and short sleeved). In general, patrons can get their order within 3 business days.

 

In view of their comparatively low prices, the shop does not bargain.

 

What I appreciated:

Phoenix pattern silk fabric, reasonable prices

 

What customers appreciate:

High quality, personal design

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Shopping in Beijing: Chinese silk fabric is very famous for its exquisite patterns and high quality. This is especially the case of silk manufactured in Hangzhou, a beautiful city in Zhejiang province.