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Mumbai’s evolution into its current state is deeply linked to the growth of the textile industry in the country. The various historic fabric markets in the city, which have been selling textiles in the bulk and otherwise to customers around the world for hundreds of years, are an ode to this history. This is probably why some of these textile markets continue to remain the best spots for anyone fashion-lover – whether it is in the bulk for your business or to stitch up a cushion cover for your favorite couch. We have rounded up a list of Mumbai’s best textile markets for your fabric needs, as well as a little dose of Mumbai history.
The Mulji Jetha market, located near the famous Zaveri Bazaar specializing in jewellery, is considered to be Asia’s largest textile market. It is also the oldest existing fabric market in Mumbai with a celebrated history of over a hundred and thirty years. Much like Mangaldas, the market is divided into various aisles and includes both wholesale and retail outlets specializing in different kinds of fabric. Even Dhirubhai Ambani was a regular patron of the market, buying textiles in bulk for export purposes.