Fabric shopping in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv fabric shopping

Shalom! I don’t have a new project to share today, but on Tuesday I got back from a lovely long weekend in Tel Aviv, Israel, and I have colourful fabic pr0n to share on this gloomy Friday…

Tel Aviv fabric shopping

Naturally the purpose of visiting wasn’t primarily to shop for fabric, but I did a little research before going and found that there’s a street called Nakhalat Binyamin that seemed to contain all the fabric shops. Pleasingly it was pretty near where we were staying so we popped over there once. Or twice.

Tel Aviv fabric shopping

Tel Aviv fabric shopping

The fabric shops start right where the farmers’ market ends, and the top of the street is pedestrianised which makes for a nice window-shopping experience. The shops’ wares spill colourfully onto the street so my sewing-sense immediately started tingling.

Tel Aviv fabric shopping

Tel Aviv fabric shopping

Tel Aviv fabric shopping

There’s a real mix of stores – at least thirty along the street in total – from tatty wholesalers staffed by grouchy older men to prettier shops with young staff and piles of Liberty-style cottons, printed and plain jerseys in a rainbow of colours, chiffons, denims, and notion stores with rolls of lace and ribbons hanging from the ceiling and the windows piled high with buttons. Anything you would need I’m sure you’d find here.

Tel Aviv fabric shopping

Tel Aviv fabric shopping

Tel Aviv fabric shopping

I suddenly became quite gutted that we only brought hand baggage, so had to restrict myself quite severely or face a £50 excess baggage fee. Perhaps the fee would have been worth it as nearly all the fabrics were in the 10-25 shekels per metre range (£2-4), and there was so much stuff that’s hard to come by back home, so it was pretty painful resisting the urge to buy IT ALL.

Tel Aviv fabric shopping

This is regretfully all I came home with. A ponte knit jersey printed with pixellated roses and horizontal lines. Josh remarked that it looks like an old 70s sofa, but I think the colours are beautiful and I have the perfect vintage dress pattern in mind for it. And 2m of blue/grey stretch denim for a pair of jeans – not very exciting but only £4/m and hard to find over here, so I couldn’t pass up. The quality seems good and I’ve done my pre-wash ready to get sewing.

Tel Aviv fabric shopping

Bonus snap of my Franken-Anna in Jaffa’s Zodiac alleys!
So if you go to Tel Aviv, moral is: pack a big suitcase.

19 thoughts on “Fabric shopping in Tel Aviv

  1. Naomi

    Oh my goodness! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that place! I lived in Jerusalem for a year and went fabric shopping in Tel Aviv probably a dozen times. But since I just started sewing during that year (I borrowed a sewing machine from a Bernina shop owner in J’lem :), I didn’t really know much about which fabrics were good quality, would work for my purpose etc. I absolutely have to go back there some time!

  2. Sam

    Love that jersey. I can’t believe you were so restrained with your purchases, I think I’d have had to pay the excess baggage charge!

  3. Tracy

    Hi ,I am so glad I found your blog . I literally put sewing bloggers into Google and you were lone I chose.
    I am a novice sewer, I try and remember what I learnt at school but at 51 that was a loooooooong time ago.
    I would love to follow you and learn as I go if you don’t mind being my teacher.
    By for now
    Tracy

  4. Preethi

    Oh what indulgence.. what fun. I went fabric shopping in London goldhawk road and had super fun. Would love market shopping kind of experience like you did here. Thanks,Preethi.

  5. marcy

    I’m going to Israel in April!
    How does the meters equal in yards? I’m from USA.
    And into US dollars? Looks like great place to shop!
    My daughter wants me bring some material back for her!
    I also think I will be bring some back for myself!

  6. Rivka

    Perfect… Sunday… Nachalat Benyamin … WITH MONEY and shlepping it back via bus to a probably horrified husband :-D
    Thanks for the address

    1. Katie Post author

      Hi Caryn, I can’t really remember but I doubt it – most of the shop closed there on Saturdays. Cant say for sure though.

  7. Caroline

    Thanks for this useful post! I was in Tel Aviv today and got some lovely fabric on Nakhalat Benyamin street. So much choice – and there were plenty of shops open (not all) even though it was Sunday. Thanks!

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