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Shopping for Batik Fabric in Singapore

I am obsessed with batik fabric. The vivid colours, swirling dots and flower motifs remind me of tropical beaches. If I were ever to leave Singapore, my growing wardrobe of batik fashions will always take me back to the wonderful years I spent living and travelling South East Asia.

Batik is the traditional cloth of Indonesia. The term originates from the Javanese word “tik” which means “to dot”. The fabric is richly decorated with small dots and lines using a spouted tool called a tjanting or a copper stamp called a cap. It is mostly used in tailored shirts and traditional dresses. The most iconic example of batik is the uniforms of Singapore Airline stewards.

batik fabric

Batik garments are very expensive and the cut and style tend to be conservative. That is why I started sewing my own modern clothing with batik. There are a few places I have discovered in Singapore where you can buy quality batik at reasonable prices.

People’s Park in China Town

The People’s Park Complex is my go-to place for fabrics in Singapore. However, the place can be tricky to find. To get there, take exit D from the China Town MRT station and walk straight, past OG, and towards the fruit vendors. Then take the escalator per the picture below. The countless fabric stalls on level two will amaze you!

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There are three main stalls that sell batik at the People’s Park Complex.

Choy Kee Textiles

Choy Kee has a small but quality range of batik fabric available by the yard. There is a rack of colourful batik sarongs at the front of the store, which is hard to miss.

The batik sold here has a silky-soft finish and wonderful drape, although it is a poly-cotton blend. The patterns are also unlike anything I have seen in other stores. This is where I bought the orange batik for my Greek Goddess dress featured in the video tutorial. On my most recent visit, I spotted a darling red and white print. I was very tempted to buy it with the Christmas season just around the corner!

batik fabric

Choy Kee Textiles
#02-1152, 32 New Market Road
People’s Park, S050032

Susan Batik House

Susan Batik House is the biggest batik fabric specialist in the People’s Park Complex. However, they predominately operate as a tailor and alterations store and sell ready-made garments. Some of their batik outfits for sale are totally cute.

batik fabric

If you are looking for smaller cuts of batik cloth for craft projects or sewing face masks, then this is the place to come. They have batik offcuts and a variety of batik fabric squares at reasonable prices.

Susan Batik House
#02-1104, 32 New Market Road
People’s Park, S050032

Batik Art

Batik Art is the second-biggest batik stall in the complex. They have a few ready-made garments and the greatest selection of batik cloth available by the yard. However, their batik motifs are of a more traditional look and feel, and are almost entirely 100% cotton. I personally prefer a poly-cotton blend for greater durability. The batik fabric available here is ideal for button-up shirts or more conservative-cut garments.

batik fabric

Batik Art
#02-1090, 32 New Market Road
People’s Park, S050032

Arab Street

Arab Street is another popular destination for home-sewers in Singapore. There is nothing I love more than visiting the iconic mosque, exploring the eclectic collection of fabric stalls, and finishing my shopping excursion with a cup of coffee from one of the trendy cafes here.

batik fabric

Thus far, there is only once place I have discovered in this area that sells batik.

Molkan Enterpises

Molkan Enterprises is a small, non-descript shop wedged between countless other textile vendors along Arab Street. What makes this place stand out are their 100% cotton batik prints available at only $10 a metre. This is where I bought the beautiful blue and gold batik for my four-piece face mask tutorial.

With that said, their range of batik is small but the prints are usually unique and the stock changes regularly.

Molkan Enterprises
77 Arab St, Singapore 199774

There are so many wonderful things you can sew with batik. If you have any batik inspirations or you know of other shops selling batik in Singapore, please share your experiences in the comments.

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