Chinese Printed Blue Nankeen Exhibition Hall

Museum in French Concession

Head down the lane and through courtyards until you see blue cloth drying in the yard. Originally produced in Jiāngsū, Zhèjiāng and Guìzhōu provinces, this blue-and-white cotton fabric (sometimes called blue calico) is similar to batik, and is coloured using a starch-resist method and indigo dye bath. This museum and shop displays and sells items made by hand, from the cloth right down to the buttons.

Started by Japanese artist Kubo Mase, it has been in business for decades, takes pride in quality and does not give discounts.