Arab Street in Singapore has many textiles shops serving mainly the Muslim community, where you can find lots of tailoring material and accessories.
I was looking for linen threads, which apparently nobody carries anymore, but managed to find a substitute — waxed cotton cord from India, at Maruti Textile.
It is S$0.70 per metre and comes in many colours.
This is much thicker than the usual 18/3-ply or 18/4-ply that I like to use for stitching signatures.
But this thickness is good for exposed spine or stab binding — in general. For creative reasons, I don’t always follow recommendations.
Most of the shops in this neighbourhood are filled with so many things that unless you enjoy browsing, it’s best just to ask.
From another textile shop, I got a Batik cloth to make a book cover.
I like the Arab Street/Sultan Mosque neighbourhood because it has a special character uniquely its own. There are lots of shops, restaurants and cafés that keep the area buzzing.
Textiles, carpets, food and souvenirs — the entire Arab Street area is great for visual input.