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THE PLACE to get all your fabric

I love “mar-shay ah-sh el emme”! It is the place for you to get all the African fabric you could... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2018
Detroit, Michigan
via mobile
Visit to see every fabric color and pattern

While in Dakar, shopping for fabric at HLM and getting clothes made at a tailor are a must. You can... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2018
Grace R
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“fabric”(6 reviews)
“wax”(4 reviews)
“pattern”(2 reviews)
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful market with so much material that your eyes don’t know where to look! Colours colours everywhere. It was a real pleasure to experience this and buy the most amazing material possible.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Hanlie W
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

I came here yesterday with some friends in search of tissu to make a dress with. There’s so many shops that have all kinds of fabric. I don’t think I saw the same pattern twice. The standard price I found to be 1000 CFA, but...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

Multiple shops mainly with mass produced items. Can always bargain with merchants. I was fortunate enough to find a merchant that had the patience of a saint 😇 to shop with a crazy merican woman till I found something I liked and flattered my body...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Carol W
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

I love “mar-shay ah-sh el emme”! It is the place for you to get all the African fabric you could ever want. The fabric that’s the “worst” quality is 3500 CFA for 6 meters. And it goes up from there. It’s really fun to walk...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank marysW9988SW
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Be careful an don't just believe everyone. Keep an eye on your bags and always negotiate about prices. They usually offer you double the price you should pay. Good trick: pretend to be walking away after a negotiation didn't reach your price. They'll call you...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Masha_S2
Reviewed 13 April 2018

While in Dakar, shopping for fabric at HLM and getting clothes made at a tailor are a must. You can find every pattern of beautiful wax fabric here! Make sure to bargain, wax goes for 1,000 CFA per meter.

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank Grace R
Reviewed 5 January 2018

good place for people who want to get material and other things at a bargain price. be careful in the market though and always bargain!

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank im_oli
Reviewed 28 August 2016

This is a classic developing country market. There are some regular stores selling lots of fabric at reasonable prices and then all kinds of little hole in the wall shops and stands that sell fabric, notions, garments etc. This place is a visual and audio...More

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank 122rickt
Reviewed 1 July 2016

By all accounts, one piece of fabric or as we call it here wax tissue is not enough, a visit to the largest fabric market in Dakar is always a challenge, you need to watch your bag as you would in any huge market but...More

Date of experience: June 2016
2  Thank wendyinafrica
Reviewed 7 June 2016

The traders were badgering, the cloth pretty typical, though the printed cottons were pretty. One dishonest trader substituted a cheap plastic material for the polished cotton dress I thought I was buying. That made me feel sad. The market was far to big to see...More

Date of experience: June 2016
2  Thank Kjcolvard
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