Strolling down the 5th Avenue on your vacation in Playa del Carmen, you can’t ignore the many colorful handicrafts that are sold. Genuine works of handmade art abound, rich in colors and culture.
Sarapes & rebozos
These vibrantly colored blankets are among the most typical representation of Mexico. They come in different sizes, colors, and design patterns, depending on the region they are made in. The one coming to mind when thinking Mexican blanket, with colorful stripes, actually has its origins in the northern state of Coahuila. Traditionally, they are multi-used as clothing, blankets or pillows.
Similar to the sarapes are the rebozos, incredibly versatile shawls. They are used as a shawl, wrapped around as a blouse, or slung across the back to carry a baby. Many shops on the 5th sell sarapes, stop by Sol Jaguar on the 5th Avenue between 4th and 6th Street for beautiful rebozos. They also sell silver jewelry, gorgeous alebrijes, and other items.
Blouses, tunics, shirts, pillows, bags and whatnot ornamented with embroideries are one of the most distinctive aspects of indigenous handcrafted textiles. The different styles, colors, and patterns of clothing identify the groups and villages they come from. Mayan women in the Yucatan area typically wear a huipil. The tunic or dress is made from white cotton fabric, embroidered with cross-stitched flowers around the square neck and hem.
If you’re looking for a typical blouse or shirt, check out Guayabera dexorden, just two blocks from Playa Palms Beach Hotel, on the 16th Street between Avenues 1 and 5.
These adorable and colorful monsters are actually born in a nightmare. 1936 the artist Pedro Linares Lopez dreamed of a forest full of strange creatures. Waking up, he started to carve his visions from wood. Nowadays they are an inherent part of the Mexican culture.
Dating back thousands of years before the Pre-Columbian period, ceramics is one of the oldest arts in Mexico’s traditions. From tableware to kitchen utensils and figurines you find all kinds of colorful pottery, decorated with simple colors up to elaborated patterns. Nearly all souvenir shops on the 5th avenue sell a wide selection of ceramics.
Living in the Caribbean, hammocks are indispensable. May it be hanging between two palm trees at the beach, or inside a home as to replace the bed. Nearly every household in Yucatan is equipped with a hammock. No wonder you find the country’s best hammocks on the peninsula! They come in different sizes, styles, made of cotton or nylon, thin or thick cord, and a varying amount of threads. Along the 5th Avenue, many stores sell hammocks, to varying prices. If you want to be sure to get a quality hammock and good consulting, we recommend La Casa de Las Hamacas, a store dedicated to just hammocks, on the 30th Avenue between 52nd and 54th street.
The Mayans were one of the first civilizations in the Americas to make jewelry. Typically made of colorful stones, beads or silver, they are sold by Mayan women on the streets in Playa del Carmen, or even in fancy high-class stores. If you’re looking for silver jewelry, make sure to proof its authenticity.