Located near the Xinjiekou shopping area, Daxin Weaving Specialty Store offers fabrics in multiple colors and patterns to a clientele composed of numerous repeat customers. Local Beijingers are enticed to the store for its nice quality articles and exquisite patterns. If you are interested in traditional Chinese fabrics and weaving arts, you won¡¯t regret paying a visit to Daxin.
Compared with other famous shopping venues in Beijing, Daxin is decorated in a simple style. Such a display of colorful fabrics may immerse you in this myriad of hues as immediately as I was. Four wide and straight aisles guide customers to each stall. By the entrance door, a few exquisite Qipaos catch the visitor¡¯s eyes, mine not excepted. According to one of the shop owners, these traditional Chinese dresses were made to order. Their price ranged from RMB 500 to RMB 2000.
The fabric rolls on display come in deep red, black, green, blue, and other popular hues. I requested a ballpark figure for a summer Qipao. She replied that the range of prices for fabrics vary widely, according to the materials used in their making.
I was recommended a white fabric adorned with blue bamboo patterns which looked clean and elegant. Its price came to RMB 75 a meter.
In general, a short, summer-style Qipao made to order will cost you RMB 200. A knee-length Qipao can cost up to RMB 2000 apiece.
Among the traditional Chinese patterns offered in this specialty store, you will find dragons, phoenix, and the classic facial make-ups of the Peking opera.
On the 2nd floor, Daxin offers bed linen made in high-quality fabrics. According to another one of the owners, most customers prefer matching bed spreads, covers, pillow cases, and bedsheets according to their own ideas rather than buying the off-the-rack sets sold at other stores.
Neither the shop owners nor their assistants could speak English. Be sure to bring a pen and paper to bargain and show what you need exactly.
What I appreciated:
What customers appreciate:
Good quality, made-to-order Qipaos
Longjing tea at reasonable prices
Quality woolen sweaters from Inner Mongolia
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