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Dosa's eco-chic fashion featured at Santa Monica Museum of Art

July 11, 2012 | 12:18 pm

When it comes to feel-good summer clothes, nobody does it like L.A. designer Christina Kim with Dosa, her line of eco-friendly, human-friendly kurtas, sundresses and scarves that celebrate the handmade and the organic, as well as the ancient tradition and craftsmanship of artisans around the world.

Dosa sells at A'Maree's in Newport Beach, Barneys New York and, temporarily this summer, at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, where the gift shop, Gracie, is opening an art installation spotlighting the designer's thoughtful work.

The installation is inspired by photographs of cloud formations that the designer took while flying over Acapulco, Mexico. Kim pixelated the photographs and was able to isolate 15 distinct shades of blue. She's been working with children at the Taller de Arte Papel in Oaxaca, a workshop that continues the Mexican tradition of paper-making, to create handmade, hand-tinted papers, similar to papel picado flags, to re-create the heavenly image on the ceiling of the shop.

"The space itself is very cement-blocky, like a garage, but we'll keep the door open all the time," she says. "The idea is to bring the sky into the museum, so when you enter, you're walking into the clouds."

For its spring collection, Dosa translated the hues, which range from nearly white to deep indigo, into hand-dyed textiles made from organic hand-woven Khadi fabric from India, as well as embroidered pieces made from recycled materials. Clothing, accessories and housewares range from $25 to $400.

In addition to designing Dosa, Kim has created art installations in venues in Europe and on the East Coast, but this is the first time she has done one in Los Angeles.

The Dosa installation and pop-up store opens with a public reception from 6 to 8 p.m.Saturday and is scheduled to remain through Aug. 18. Or you can visit Kim at her appointment-only store and studio space in downtown Los Angeles.

Dosa for Santa Monica Museum of Art, through Aug. 18, Bergamot Station, Building G1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. For budding textile artists or designers, the museum will host an indigo dyeing workshop July 28.


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Photo: A hand-spun, hand-loomed and hand-stitched kurta that will be sold at the Dosa pop-up shop at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, open July 14-Aug. 18. Credit: Dosa for Santa Monica Museum of Art.