I had heard about Pasar Majestik a few times. Many people I know visit it often to buy fabric whenever they want to make a new table runner or buy silk for a ball gown. I had been meaning to go for a long time and when a few friends organized an outing I signed up right away and was glad to visit it accompanied and with someone who had already been there.
Pasar Mayestik is located in Kebayoran Baru in South Jakarta; very close to Gandaria City Mall and the Blok M area. I thought it was going to take me a while to get there but I got lucky and zipped thru Jalan Sudirman and arrived there around 9:15 am. Some of the shops had just started to open and the place was not yet crowded or overwhelming, what a relief.
I must say the Market provides a very good first impression. It seems very orderly within the chaos of small stalls and miles of fabric. This was my first time here and I was very impressed by the big new structure that lies in the midst of the Market. Apparently the original pasar was demolished and replaced by a big modern looking mall full with stalls, nice bathrooms and even a food court.
Although I only visited a few stores, I could tell you could probably find most anything related to fabric, costume making and sewing supplies. It was very interesting to observe some ethnic-biased stores such as the Indian shop where you could find anything for making a Sari including a nice Indian seamstress, the kebaya (Muslim dresses) store where you could have one made with a matching head scarf and the shop catering the bules, or foreigners, complete with a presentation of different business suit and dresses designs on the Ipad of the store owner.
I did not get to visit the area where the Tailors sit but I’ve heard it’s on the second floor of the market. You can ask (even in English) and they will point you on the right direction.
Three Stores Worth Checking Out
This store has a vast array of batik fabrics. They have some nice cottons and lace. Their best products however, are the beautiful silks in every color you can imagine and a great section full of fabric for business suits and business shirts. The prices for the silk are very good and the fabric for the business shirts can range from the very cheap to the somewhat expensive. The quality is excellent and I would consider going back to get some shirts done for my husband. I did not go to their second floor but we were told they have several seamstresses there working on ball gowns and suits and that the clothes can be made in two days.
Address: Jl. Tebah III no.9.
This was my favorite place to buy cotton fabric. I kept telling my friends I was inspired and was already thinking about what to buy for our next party. They had amazing Japanese designs and beautiful Holiday prints. Ikobana has a great variety of colors and textures within its tiny little halls. This place is tiny but so worth visiting. You might have to move some of the rolls of fabric around to find exactly what you want but I’m sure you will find it. Prices seemed quite decent and they also had a good batik selection. This is a great place to buy fabric for banners, tablecloths and maybe even sheets and duvets.
Address: Jl. Tebah III no.25
A seemingly huge haberdashery supplying everything and anything you might need for sewing and crafting. The variety is awe striking and the halls seem endless. Although the store is not exactly humongous as soon as you hit a wall, there is a small curve leading you to the next hall. Ribbons, buttons, elastics, dyes, zippers, feathers, buckles, you name it, you can find it all here! Almost everything is organized by color and material and it’s like a candy shop for sewers.
Address: Jl. Tebah V no.2
Tips if you visit Pasar Mayestik
-Be ready to bargain. It is expected and you can usually get a 10%-20% discount, especially if you buy several pieces of fabric from the same store.
-Be willing to browse and browse until you fin what you are looking for. Some of the stores are not very organized but you will be sure to find the treasure you have been seeking if you look past the apparent chaos.
-Be aware of your belongings. I never felt like I was in danger but like always it’s wise to be aware of your surroundings and make sure all your bags are closed.
-Get there early. The shopkeepers are fresh and willing to help you and the crowds and the heat are bearable.
-To avoid the biggest crowds, avoid the weeks preceding Idul Fitri and Christmas. I was told these are the worst times to visit if you get overwhelmed by the crowds.
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Jl. Kyai Maja
Gunung Village, Kebayoran Baru
South Jakarta 12120