Rolls of every type of fabric imaginable, from lightweight cottons to rich velvets and heavy wools are offered cheaply at Chinese markets.
Brightly-coloured silks are popular fabrics widely available at neighbourhood markets in Beijing and Shanghai.
At big city markets, worsted wools and wool-blends, linens and lightweight cottons are sold to hand-tailor men's suits.
A Chinese vendor sells clothes, as well as cashmeres and other fabrics to sew individual designs. Photos by Marie-Claire Holmes, 2005