Im leaving tomorrow for Istanbul. I'm wanting to buy some silk thread but I can't find it on the Internet. Does anybody have any clue? Thanks, Kimberly
I am guessing you do mean silk sewing thread and not silk embroidery silks(floss)don't you?Most silk companies are to be found in Bursa,Turkey's silk capital but in Istanbul head to Mahmutpaşa district.This is behind the Grand Bazaar extending down to the Spice Bazaar.
If you go in the front of G.B(this is on Divanyolu where the tram lines are),walk through and out of the back,you'll come to a warren of streets selling wool,fabric and all manner of sewing notions and equipment.You may need to ask at a few shops as this isn't something everyone will sell.Ask for 100% ipek iplik -yuzde yuz ipek iplik.
Thank you! I assume there is floss there too?
...and will I have to bargain?
Yes,you can buy DMC brand floss here again in shops in the same district .I'm a cross stitch fanatic so always look out for places selling DMC :) The floss is usually a fixed price per skein-1.50TL,about 50 cents which I guess is cheap for you.I have never bought silk thread but I would imagine this too would be a fixed price unless you want to buy excessive quantities,in that case I'm sure the seller will be open to giving some discount.Certainly you can ask...they can only say no.
Enjoy beautiful Istanbul!