In this day and age when everything is available on the racks of shiny department stores and supermarkets, itís quite often that we feel a pang of nostalgic longing for those times when our home is filled with the savory aroma of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies or the whirring sound of sewing machine in the process of making our next Sunday outfit. We wait in wide-eyed anticipation to get a taste of that cookie or to put our arms through those new shirt sleeves because we saw the process day by day, slowly watching it progressing into consumable objects for our pleasure.
Strangely enough, thereís a market in Jakarta which offers you a chance to bring back those merry days again. The Mayestik Market or Pasar Mayestik in South Jakarta is a widely-known market offering alternatives to the usual outfit or food shopping. The market is in fact quite popular among expats or tourist for their traditional feel and unique views of everyday bustling, but its main attraction is of course the objects sold inside the shops.
The first thing that comes to mind when talking about this market is fabric. Thatís right, the many shops selling woven material for your perusal, starting from the low-end quality fabrics to the ultra luxurious sari materials, will give you a chance to be creative in choosing the colors and patterns in making your next party dress, and creating a gorgeous design made especially for you. The prices are wonderfully cheap and the choices are abundant. There are also items for the interiors of your home too, such as lush curtain and lining materials.
Donít worry if you are not sure about your fashion taste because the shopkeepers are quite friendly and helpful in your process of decision making, suggesting which materials should be used for that kind of suit, offering alternatives if the previous choice do not suit you well, and so on. Once youíve established a relationship with the shop, they will usually remember your preferences and also your name, making a shopping session there akin to a casual visit to a friendís house. Most people have a special relationship with one or two stores only and regard the other stores as Ďalternativesí.
The next step to take is turning the materials into an outfit that would make your friends green with envy. Sewing your own clothes at home sounds like a wonderful idea indeed, but some prefer giving their ideas and designs along with the materials to a trusted tailor to have the outfit made. If you donít have a special tailor who usually does your clothes for you, you can stop worrying Because there are plenty of stores nearby where you can find well-qualified tailors eith reasonable prices, and your specifications would be made excellently. Remember to say exactly what you want your outfit to turn out like and make sure that there is no miscommunication between you and the tailor in order to avoid disappointments.
The second do-it-yourself activity offered by this circular-shaped market is baking your own batches of cookies and cakes. The Mayestik Market is one of the places to get superbly complete sets of baking utilities, from cookie baking sheets to tons of choices in cake-shaping moulds. You can make almost every shape of cookie or cakes imaginable with the moulds available in this market. The ingredients are also available on the same spot, including rare ones for making traditional Chinese or European snacks.
Other options of shopping in the Mayestik Market are the automobile parts and sport equipments hunting for those who feel that cookie and dress making is just too feminine for their tastes. There are also many tasty traditional food and snacks scattered in the area, because you might need a hearty meal after a few rounds of shopping. Remember that the Mayestik Market is not exactly a fully air-conditioned shopping center; therefore you will be greatly to the cityís blazing sunlight and pollution.
The Mayestik Market certainly offers an adventure that lasts not only while shopping in the market but also afterwards, when you decide to start creating your home made cookies and clothing, modifying your prized vehicle, or even shaping your own body with the exercise equipments. Some things are just more satisfying when done by ourselves.
Kyai Maja St.
Gunung Village, Kebayoran Baru
South Jakarta City 12120
lat -6.24084 long 106.79118