chambray (France) lightweight plain weave originally made of colored warp and white or undyed weft resulting in a muted color, characteristically blue. The term is a variation of cambric, a cloth made for farmers’ work clothes that originated around 1595 in Cambrai, France. Traditionally, chambray was commonly used for work uniforms, hence the American expression “blue collar worker”. dosa’s chambray is organic, handspun, and handloomed of natural indigo warp. (1997)


chutka (Himalayas) traditional hand-hooked textile of the Bhutia, woven in narrow strips then sewn together into rugs or bed quilts. dosa chutka are made by village Bhutia artisans who work with Avani. (2006) See also Avani; thulma


Claudio Jeronimo López Cedillo (Mexico) renowned sculptor and master ceramist from Oaxaca. At his studio just outside Oaxaca, Claudio teaches local craftsmen and collaborates with international artists. He works clay intuitively – kneading, flattening, and rolling it like a tortilla before baking it in a kiln. For dosa’s mezcal cups, Claudio made clay in two colors: shades of white; and earth tones tinted the color of Yagul, Oaxaca’s ancient Zapotecan ruins. (2007) See also Yagul


Craft Caravan (USA) legendary emporium in New York City that offered a motley of handmade jewelry, tribal artifacts, and textiles from Africa, India, and Central America. A forerunner of what would become SoHo, it opened in 1969 and years later became a neighbor of the dosa NY shop. Christina discovered Craft Caravan during a seminal trip to New York City with Vija Rekevics in 1979. Craft Caravan closed in 2000, but dosa continues to source vintage kanga and Mali textiles from the 1960s to 80s from the personal collections of founders Ignacio and Caroline Villareal. (1979)