papel picado (Mexico) Mexican folk craft of paper flags decorated with kaleidoscope cutouts tracing back to pre-Hispanic spiritual traditions of the Aztecs; Spanish for perforated paper. Banners of papel picado are often displayed strung across roads or plazas during festivals, holidays, and town events. dosa works with El Taller Arte Papel Oaxaca to create hand-tinted, handmade papel picado banners for site-specific installations, including: indigo flags with mica in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2005; flags in shades of white in Vienna, Austria in 2006 and at Portica della Morte in Bologna, Italy in 2008; and over 500 papeles picado in sky blue for the “between the clouds” exhibition at Santa Monica Museum of Art in California in 2012. (2005) See also El Taller Arte Papel Oaxaca


pojagi or bojagi (Korea) traditional Korean wrapping cloth used for carrying or wrapping objects, covering food, protecting sacred writings, and other various uses in daily life. A centuries-old tradition, the earliest surviving pojagi dates back to the 12th century. Patchwork pojagi, called chogak po, are made of leftover scraps of fabric and typically sewn by mothers and grandmothers of the household. Seams are neatly pressed and entirely enclosed, giving the effect of stained glass when held up to light. Economizing resources in this way was simply a way of life in the past, but the making of pojagi was also experienced as an act of affection. Each patch and stitch by the maker was like a prayer of good will to its recipient. Many are never used, attesting to their preservation as reminders of affection and blessings. For dosa, the pojagi is both a reminder of Christina’s childhood in Korea and a beautiful expression of traditional recycling. The incomparable patchwork skills of two Korean women at dosa, Mrs. Chong and Yoo-On, allow dosa to continue this remarkable Korean tradition. Japanese pojagi collector Mr. Morita remains a great resource to dosa, sharing his finest artifacts with us. (1993)


pulsera (Peru) traditional type of handwoven and beaded bracelet readily found at local markets in Central and South American communities; Spanish for bracelet or wristlet. dosa pulseras are made in Peru, some purchased from the marketplace and others made by Awamaki, a small nonprofit founded in 2009. Awamaki supports a cooperative of women weavers in the rural Quechua community of Patacancha, Peru. (2012)