If you were to leave Mobile, Alabama heading directly south, you would hit the Yucatan Penninsula, or the toe of Mexico. If you continued on a little farther, you would come to the town of Tulum, named by the Mayans who first inhabited it, meaning City of Dawn. Barely visible from the main beach road, there is a pop-up tent. There is no direct path to the entrance so you have to wind yourself through the trees and small growth out front. Inside, the floor is covered with Persian rugs. Chalinas and rebozos (traditional shawls made of cotton, wool or silk) hang from rope that serves as hanging racks, and simple baskets litter the floor.
There are a few vintage-looking glass cases that house rosaries and necklaces made of cotton that have been knotted, twisted and frayed. Some have amulets. There are woven leather sandals and bags made out of leather and the rebozo fabric. There are long gauzy skirts and a few embroidered blouses but the colors are muted, earth tones. It is a welcome respite from the ubiquitous colorfully embroidered pueblo dresses you see everywhere else you go in Tulum. You feel as if you have stepped off the Sahara into a desert oasis back in the 1930’s. If Tulum isn’t on your destination list, some of their pieces will be available at Colette in Paris and Barney’s New York.