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oaxacanpalmbasket

Oaxacan palm basket (Mexico) handwoven carryall basket from Oaxaca sold along the roadsides or at the local marketplace. Our baskets are distinguishable by plastic-covered handles, a clever and functional adaptation by artisan Filiberta, whose work Christina discovered during a trip in 1996. They were the very first Oaxacan product dosa carried. dosa purchases a small but steady supply of baskets from Filiberta’s family every year, providing reliable work that allowed Filiberta to buy a house. Since her passing, her daughter, Silvia, has carried on the family’s weaving tradition. (1996)

organiccotton

organic cotton (India) grown and harvested sustainably from non-genetically engineered seeds and without the use of toxic chemical, fertilizers, or pesticides. Our organic farmers in India employ traditional, biology-based techniques to nourish the soil and increase resistance to pests naturally. Intercropping cotton with lentils to replenish nitrogen in the soil, and with chilies to repel pests, ensures agricultural biodiversity and promotes overall crop health. It also serves the practical benefit of providing the farming community with two commonly used food sources. At dosa, organic cottons comprised 40% of our overall production for the past several years. Organic khādī is handspun and handwoven, lending to slight variations in texture and weave, whereas our organic poplin and canvas are woven by machine from machine-spun yarn to achieve a more consistent structure. Colors atta and kora are organic cotton in its natural, unbleached state. In Hindi, atta means flour and kora means natural, pure, or untouched by water. For the color rice, a brighter white, undyed cotton undergoes a non-chlorine whitening process where yarn is boiled with a little peroxide, then dried under the sun. (1993)