Written by: Talia Zoref
Photographs by: Talia Zoref
I am Talia, a Fashion Blogger from Israel. As a fashion and sewing lover, buying fabric is one of my favorite activities. I enjoy examining different fabrics while feeling the variety of textures, looking at the colours, and imagining how each fabric would look when it is a ready to wear garment. Let me introduce you to fabric shopping in Tel Aviv.
I visited Nahalat Benyamin in Tel Aviv, the center of the textile industry and a fabric shopping haven. It is located next to the large Carmel Market.
I love this area because of the huge variety of tourists as well as locals who come from all over Israel. Also, there are unique buildings in the area designed in the Bauhaus style. Twice a week there is an Art Fair at Nahalat Benyamin with artists, actors, dancers, and singers who perform and sell their wares.
My visit began at the fabric store called Schwartz Parvot specializing in synthetic fur and fancy fabrics for theater costumes. As you step into this store, you feel like you are entering a movie star’s dressing room. All of the colourful feathers, the different types of fur and the sparkling fabrics stimulate your senses as if you are in a fantasy movie.
The clientele who frequent this store are designers who buy materials for costumes that appear in plays and on television. Young designers and fashion lovers also buy here to make outfits and costumes. The shelves along the walls have a variety of vibrant, colorful feathers, special furs, ruffles, and other items to make dramatic and special costumes.
Following, I went to a bridal couture fabric shop called Emis with rich, beautiful, and expensive materials where you can find every type of imaginable white and cream colored fabric made from hand beaded lace to elegant silk. One of the latest laser cut fabrics caught my eye. It was chiffon blended into a beautiful flower pattern with hand beaded lace. The combination of laser with handmade work was intriguing due to the unusual mix of old and new.
At Emis, brides often come with designers who guide them to pick the fabrics. Also, designers who create outfits for dancers purchase here. Peak period at this store is in the winter when brides and designers start preparing to make wedding gowns and collections for the summer season.
Another fascinating store is Halom specializing in sewing accessories. They have everything including buttons, zippers, beads, threads, and items to upgrade a garment. As a sewer, I love adding stones and lace ribbons to the edges of my clothes to change them and make them look like a whole new piece.
Going fabric shopping at Nahalat Benyamin is fun and enjoyable. You can make some sensational purchases to make special garments, go to cafes as well as go market shopping. I highly recommend that you visit this area.
I hope you enjoyed discovering fabric shopping in Tel Aviv.
Check out Talia’s coverage of Tel Aviv Fashion Week at her blog Fashion Scissors.