Mon-Fri, 11am-7pm; Sat, 11am to 6pm; Sun, closed
1, 2, 3 at 14th St.
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When owner Carl Koefoed’s parents opened Tabwa on Greenwich Avenue in 1959, the store specialized in modern Scandinavian furniture—but as the craze for all things bohemian swept through New York a decade later, it evolved into a boutique for ethnic handicrafts. Today this unassuming shop displays clothing, accessories, and home accents from Southeast Asia, Central America, and Africa. The appeal is broad: Fashionistas flock here for vintage silk Ikat scarves from Rajasthan, while hard-core yogis can find sackcloth pants piled on a shelf in the back. There are beaded purses from Guatemala, quilted Trapunto jackets, tunics, damask table linens, and embroidered pillowcases—all at moderate prices. And mounted on wood-and-steel stands on the top shelves of the store are West African tribal masks.