Waxed cotton cord from Arab Street, Singapore

Maruti Textiles, 93 Arab Street, Singapore - for cotton cord.

Maruti Textiles, 93 Arab Street, Singapore – for cotton cord.

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.

Wax cotton cord from India - good for bookbinding too.

Wax cotton cord from India – good for bookbinding too.

Most of the shops in this neighbourhood are filled with so many things that unless you enjoy browsing, it’s best just to ask.

Pattern overload at Toko Aljunied, where I got a piece of Indonesia batik for making book covers.

Pattern overload at Toko Aljunied, where I got a piece of Indonesia batik for making book covers.

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.

Multiculture Singapore.

Multicultural Singapore – a Chinese shop blends into the neighbourhood.

Places like Maison Ikkoku at Kandahar Street gives the Arab Street area a cool contemporary buzz.

Places like Maison Ikkoku at Kandahar Street give the Arab Street area a cool contemporary vibe.

What I eventually made - Secret Belgian binding with Indonesian batik and teal-colour Indian cord.

What I eventually made – Secret Belgian binding with Indonesian batik and teal-colour Indian cord.

The spine is bronze, to complement the brown batik covers.

The spine is bronze, to complement the brown batik covers.

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