BY Lisa Lindblad
July 11, 2011
Dosa’s Christina Kim, fashion designer and recipient of the Aid To Artisan’s Innovation in Craft Award, is an astonishingly talented and intelligent woman. An LA resident who is South Korean by birth, she designs long-lasting garments made with natural fibers, dyes and recycled scraps. Kim has deep respect not only for these natural resources but for human ones as well. Working with artisans around the world, she creates ongoing partnerships that typically last multiple years rather than just one fashion season. And she pays her workers well, generating long term and trusting relationships.
Dosa’s pieces are not inexpensive. Her low markup on these substantial prices indicate her commitment to fair-labor practices and to her philosophy that people should consume less and cherish more the things they buy and wear, including the labor and the skills of the people who make them.
I first came upon Dosa’s clothes in a favorite shop of mine in the Islands. The trousers and tops, dresses and slips that I have bought in voile and linen and silk, in white and natural and indigo, are the essential pieces of my summer wardrobe. I am comfortable and at ease in every one of them; I also feel, when I am wearing Dosa clothing, a deep connection to the earth as well as to the maker. There is something about the clothes’ lack of perfection – a serendipity in the design, the textiles’ hand, the detailing – that gives me pleasure in their wearing and elevates them to cherished stature.