If you are into sewing your own dresses and garments, you can find all you require in Singapore. Be it for your family or even stocking up a tailor shop.
The Textile Centre at Jalan Sultan, off Beach Road should be your first place to visit. There are 10 floors of shops, all engaged in the textile trade. Almost all are in the export/import business. Having their showrooms here, walk in customers are also welcomed.
The other area with a concentration of textile shops is at Arab Street. If you are looking for Indian saris, then Little India at Serangoon Road will definitely satisfy you search.
The Kampong Glam and Arab Street area in Singapore is renowned for their wide range of wicker baskets, cane and straw works, rattan and other handicrafts. From serving trays, table or floor mats, side cabinets to baby cradles. These items offer utility as well as for decorative purposes. If you are into such au natural items for your home, you will definitely be spoilt for choice. These items are mainly sourced from the neighbouring S E Asian countries - Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand. However, knick knacks from as far as the Middle East and Africa can also be found.
Kampong Glam was once the seat of the Malay ruling family in Singapore. Together with the early settlers, the enclave grew to be a trading hub, with traders coming from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Middle East. Malay Muslim heritage pervades this historic district. Culture is still alive, with the many shops, eateries and a major mosque reflecting the rich Muslim heritage.
Little India - is a thriving hub which grew from the early Indian community which settled here. Now, it's a mixture of old and new, sacred and secular, multi-cultural though predominantly Indian. You'll be fascinated by the riot of colors and the many shops selling jewelry, textile, flower garlands and freshly ground spices. Plus bars, barbers, fortune tellers, temple, mosques and churches.
The early Chinese immigrants to Singapore settled here. It became the cultural and business melting pot for the various dialect groups - Teochew, Cantonese, Hokkien and Hainanese that came from Southern China. Today, Chinatown has moved with the times, however, still retaining its old world charm, culture, food and celebrations. It's a burst of colours offering festivities and gastronomical delights throughout the year.