Home to a family-run shop for home-made knitwear
When knitting was a family activity
Amidst the many malls and retail shops in Causeway Bay, one shop at Pak Sha Road stands out. Paris Cotton Singlets Company, located on the second floor of a nondescript office building, is one of the few traditional craft shops left in the city, selling knitted woollen sweaters and scarves. The shop has been around for about sixty years, dating back to the days when knitting cold wear was a favourite family past time. “Handmade knitwear was very durable,” says Mr Cheng, the owner of Paris Cotton Singlets Co. “Old, ill-fitting knitwear could be easily taken apart and re-straighten into yarn after soaking in hot water. So, a ball of high-quality yarn could easily last a lifetime.” According to Mr Cheng, the 1970s and 80s were the heydays of woollen knitwear. Back then, yarn shops could be found on many street corners.
Knitting for a new generation
Today, Mr Cheng and his second daughter work hard to impart knitting skills to a new generation of knitting hobbyists. They come to the shop, gather around the large craft table in the shop to knit and chit-chat, just like in the old days.
In the company of giants
Pak Sha Road was named after a famous Ming Dynasty personality from Sun Wui County, which is the home country of Lee Hysan, the developer of Lee Garden. Chan Pak Sha - or Chen Baisha in Mandarin - was a well-known philosopher, poet and the founder of the Lingnan School of Confucius Philosophy. The neighbouring Kai Chiu Road was also named after a 19th-century philosopher from Sun Wui - Leung Kai Chiu or Liang Qichao in Mandarin.