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    From Time magazine





    http://www.time.com/time/2004/innovators/200401/kim.html





    The Organic Designer

    Wearing of the Green

    By SORA SONG



    Posted Tuesday, February 17, 2003

    A lot of environmentalists work in bold strokes, saving a species
    or blocking a dam, but Christina Kim operates in a more subtle way. The
    fashion designer weaves an eco-friendly philosophy into all her
    creations. "I am less interested in some really grandiose idea of how
    I'm going to save the environment," says Kim. "Ultimately, we have to
    look at how we spend one day." Kim and her clothing-and-housewares
    company, Dosa, do a lot of little green things that add up. She will
    make fleece jackets and recycle the remnant material—even collecting
    other companies' leftovers—as stuffing for poufs in her
    home-furnishings line. She has made a mission of promoting the
    "imperfect white"—keeping cotton its natural color, a creamy off-white,
    instead of using harmful chemical bleaches. "It's more beautiful to
    wear different shades of white," she says. When she colors her fabrics,
    she often dips them in natural dyes, such as indigo, cochineal (a
    scarlet pigment produced by a parasite that lives on cacti) and fustic
    (a yellow dye drawn from a tropical tree). She employs cream of tartar
    instead of toxic chemical binders to fuse pigments to textiles. It's
    more expensive, but "I deal with a high-end market," says Kim, "so I
    can choose to use things that are environmentally much friendlier."
    Dosa, with a store in New York City and galleries in Los Angeles and
    London, sells goods that are good-hearted but not cheap: its
    hand-embroidered Bali blouse costs $680.



    The designer also uses organically grown wools in addition to
    handloomed cottons. "In fashion, we're much more interested in the end
    product, the few moments of glory on the runway," Kim says. "For me, it
    is the making of one garment [that's important]—it goes through so many
    hands, I feel responsible for those people." Last year she provided the
    livelihood for some 500 women in the Assam region of India who spun eri
    silk by hand for Dosa. Eri silk comes from cocoons in the wild and is
    harvested only after the silk moth has broken free. Kim uses it undyed
    and buys only what's available naturally. "As our modern society grows,
    we're losing human touches," she says. "I want the wearer of my clothes
    to feel someone's energy, someone's hand, someone's warmth."


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    From Heath Ceramics





    http://www.heathceramics.com/dosa.php#





    Phases of the Moon Tea Set



    The Phases of the Moon Tea Set represents a vision shared by
    Heath and Dosa: a sincere appreciation for handcrafted objects
    and for the artistic traditions that produce them. Christina
    Kim’s design takes inspiration from Edith Heath’s hand-thrown
    teacups and from the handcrafted vessels of indigenous cultures.
    The pieces are crafted in Heath’s classic California stoneware.
    The unusual glazes of complex depth and finish were developed specially
    for the collection. The tea cups come in sets of four with a tray
    and are offered in either dark or light glazes, representing
    phases of the moon observed by day as well as night.





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    Light tea cup collection





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    Preliminary tea cup experiments displayed in
    L´Eclaireur in Paris, August 2003





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    Dosa cup casting molds





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    Trimmed cups ready to go into bisque kiln





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    Cup ready for glazing





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    Mixing glaze for cups





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    Winnie Crittendon glazes each dosa
    cup produced




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    Dark tea cup collection

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    Scanned from Relax magazine (Oct. 2004)




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    Thanks for the article, Buckwheat. Damn, I want to live in that store, it's so serene.
    Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months - Oscar Wilde

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