40×Tokyo: Fabric Town

40 x Tokyo

T-minus 34 days and counting.  Today’s birthday trip wish is to visit …

Fabric Town (布の街)

I really don’t need any more fabric.  I have a cupboard and several dressers full of fabric.  What I need is more time to invest in my hobby.  But I can assure you that isn’t going to stop me from splurging on fabric in Tokyo.  It will be heavenly to not have to pay international shipping costs for something I regularly invest in.

shopping in fabric town tokyo

When you discuss fabric and any big city you first need to locate their garment district.  In the case of Tokyo that is Fabric Town and Fabric Street.  The star of Fabric Town is Tomato.  Apparently it is a multi-floor, multi-building wonderland of fabric and related accoutrement. There are a lot of great blog posts on Fabric Town so I don’t need to drone on about it.  They key thing I have learned and must repeat is a reminder.  Must take cash with me.  CASH ONLY.  Yep, most of the shops here will not take credit cards.

Links:  Fabric Street Map  |  Fabric Town Shopping Guide  |  Tomato Official Site  |  Tomato Shopping Guide

Okadaya, Yazawaya & Lucky Star

In addition to Fabric Town, a few other shops kept popping up in my research.  The first is Okadaya (オカダヤ) in Shinjuku and the second is Yazawaya located in the Marui OIOI department store and Lucky Star.

Links:  Okadaya Site  |  Okadaya Shopping Guide  |  Lucky Star Shopping Guide  |  Yuzawaya Official Site  |  Japanese Craft Resource  |  Tokyu Hands  |  (Bit Dated) Fabric Guide  |  Tokyo Craft Guide


And last but not least for my Tokyo fabric fixation, is the Japanese version of America’s “bedazzle” movement known as dekofuku (デコ服). Deko is a shorthand for decoration and fuku translates as clothes.  I have also heard the DIY trend referred to as dekoru, but I think that is more limited to just gluing rhinestones and studs on versus the fuller mix-and-match of adding lace, ribbon, and all sorts of other goodies to plain, store bought clothing.  I am a huge fan of this craft movement as it allows for people who have a very busy work schedule to still squeeze in an artistic project here-and-there.  The endevour to sew a complete garment can take weeks as a hobby, where a dekofuku item can be completed super fast.

dekofuku materials in tokyo

While not Japanese, I am a huge fan of P.S. I made this. Long live DIY!

My Dekofuku Links: Korilakkuma Sweatshirt  |  Cardsuit Cardigan  |  Scottie Cardigan  |  Kawaii Baret

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