The Jakarta Post
Women browser through clothes at Tanah Abang Market last year. (Kompas.com/Roderick Adrian Mozes)
Prior to Idul Fitri, many shoppers are flocking to Tanah Abang Market in Central Jakarta. Some go there to purchase new clothes for themselves or relatives to wear during the upcoming festivities, while others who are more business-minded want to resell products.
The goods sold in Tanah Abang are considered to be lower in price and come in a wider variety than at any other textile and garment trading center in Indonesia, or even in Southeast Asia, and therefore the place welcomes all kinds of customers from all over and outside the country. But for those who are unfamiliar with the place, exploring it can be confusing due to its size.
As reported by tabloidnova.com, here’s a simple guide for shopping at the market, in which the main building is divided into two blocks, namely Blok A and Blok B.
On this level, various bedding items, including sheets, pillows and bed covers, can be found as well as fabrics for kebaya (traditional Javanese blouse), jeans, batik and woven cloth.
Semi lower ground & LG floors
These floors are the place for hijab, mukena (female prayer dresses), gamis (Islamic robes), blouses, Muslim wear, kebaya and kaftans. Besides these items, children’s wear can also be found on the LG floor, from school attire to children’s swimwear and sportswear.
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Ground and 1st floors
Menswear, including T-shirts, shirts, pants, sportswear and jackets can be found on these floors.
2nd and 3rd floors
More variations of womenswear can be found here, including office attire, accessories, bags and wallets.
3A and 7th floors
Various kind of clothes, from authentic labels to imitations, new to secondhand, costly to more affordable, are sold on these floors.
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5th and 6th floors
A mix of clothes is sold on these floors, from women’s and men’s to children’s and family wear. Clothes for youngsters are also available on the 6th floor.
The eighth floor has a food court that sells both international and traditional Indonesian cuisine. (kes)
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