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The ceiling is covered with papel picado, strings of paper flags with cutouts that are used as festive decorations throughout Mexico.
Flags were created in shades of white and blue inspired by cloudscapes designer Christina Kim sees from plane windows.
Known for her loose, natural-fiber caftans, smocks and scarves, Kim is equal parts social activist, artist and fashion designer. She?s well known for hiring international tradespeople including Indian weavers and Mexican papermakers and paying them two or three times their usual rate. Plus, her fiber art projects have shown up in cities from Berlin to Bologna.
In her new pop-up shop at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, she stocks pin-striped dresses, khadi cotton kurtas ($200), lightweight sheer wool Burkina shawls ($285) and more in a room decorated with Mexican party banners. Kim even directed Oaxacan papermakers to dye the flags in whites and blues, an idea inspired by photographs of clouds she took from airplanes.
Browsing Dosa designs (which include housewares and jewelry) is a special summertime treat, one we?ll revisit again until the exhibition-in-a-shop closes on August 18. After that, Dosa designs are available by appointment at her downtown headquarters, Dosa 818.
Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; 310-586-6488 or smmoa.org
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