The Fabric District in Buenos Aires

La Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires

I can’t believe we’re nearing the end of our South American Odyssey… Back in January Sarai did a post on Coletterie about her visit to Buenos Aires – the part that caught my eye was that she visited the fabric district! I quickly bookmarked that and locked it into our schedule (I have a Killer spreadsheet).

We weaved our way in and out of market style textile shops (with bolts of fabric spilling out into the street) all the way down Lavalle on either side of Avenida Pueyrredon. I bought some bright blue cotton sateen (with the amazing wool I bought back up in Ecuador behind it):

To be honest, I wasn’t that taken with the fabric shops – but the notions shops just blew me away. Walls and walls of buttons, trim in every style and colour imaginable, incredible laces, feathers and things I didn’t even know existed. It would be a decorating dream come true for any gay man prepping for his mardi gras costume!

I bought some beaded decorations that you can see in the picture above, which I plan to add to tops sometime down the line (in the ever increasing sewing-to-do-list), here’s a couple of them:

Needless to say, I’m itching to get stitching!



  1. Wow – time flies. Hope you've had lots of fun and I'm sure the memories will last a long time. Good trims/beads etc hard to find here in Oz. You've bought well!!!!

  2. Oh what fun, the the trims look awesome! I saw an article in the latest Threads and they had a couple pages on Fabric and Trim shops in London which I hope to be visiting next year so I snapped it up so I can visit them!I also want to visit BA, hopefully one day!

  3. The notions stores look amazing! The picture of the fabric shop sort of reminds me of Los Angeles fabric district – bolts of fabric piled up all over the place… Looks like you are going to have lots of fun things to make when your trip is totally finished!

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