I was really surprised to see how much less the fabric costs here! Today we visited a couple fabric shops so I took a few photos. I wasn’t supposed to be taking photos inside but I did sneak a couple, and the rest are from outside.
The first place we stopped was Elena’s, and it’s probably the biggest of the stores in downtown David. They have everything – thread, ribbons, trims, buttons, anything you can think of along with their large selection of fabric. The only thing they don’t have are patterns. They don’t seem to be sold anywhere around here. There must be a lot of sewing going on judging by the amount of fabric for sale, so I figure people here must be quite talented and able to make things without patterns.
Next we stopped by Los Tejidos, which is located on the south side of Cervantes Park opposite the big church. You’ll find it by all the rolls of fabric out on the sidewalk.
The first time I visited David I stopped in to look around in Los Tejidos. As soon as you enter this (and most stores) an employee will greet you and ask you what you need. This seemed so strange and intrusive to me back then, since I was used to the US stores where you have to hunt for an employee if you need something. Here though, I have found the staff to be very helpful. If, for example, I want to make a shirt they will take me directly to the softest and prettiest fabrics that are good for a woman’s shirt or blouse. Once I wanted material for pants with a bit of stretch. One store didn’t have it but the employee told me where to find it in another store. Curtains, pillows, clothes, whatever your project they will try to find something that will work for you.
If any of you have dreams of coming to Panama and enjoying some sewing, you are going to have a very good time here!