sadhu towel (India) made from the saffron colored cloths worn by the Hindu sadhus, or holy ascetics, as a symbol of renunciation. The color resembles fire, alluding to the burning away of worldly attachments and desires. Sadhu towels will readily bleed color in the wash as Christina accidentally disovered. This mishap led to dosa’s “sadhu workshop,” our spring 2011 collection in shades of pink and coral. (2011)


Sam Schonzeit (USA) American artist, designer, and educator with degrees in Architecture and Religious Studies. First introduced to Sam’s spray-painted postcards at the Marfa Book Company, Christina has collaborated with Sam on various projects including spray-painted coin purses, zip wallets, and luna bags. Sam lives and works in Marfa, Texas. (2012)


semilla bandera (Mexico) handbeaded necklace in the shape of a tiny flag made by the Native American Huichol people of western Mexico. Claudia Quiroz, designer of Kalosoma Jewelry in Mexico, collaborates with the Huichol people to promote the continuation of their traditional craft of beading. Claudia has worked with the 20-member Carrillo family for four years, incorporating non-traditional materials into their traditional handwork. (2013)


SEWA (India) Self-Employed Women’s Association; a non-governmental organization comprised entirely of women and representing the largest union in India. SEWA began in 1972 as a grassroots movement among a group of women working from home and by 2008 counted over 900,000 members throughout the country. SEWA’s aim is self-reliance through full employment. Members receive training, health care, childcare, financial services, and confidence derived from independence.(2007) See also Mona’s milagros


shattered glass engineered patchwork yardage incorporating a repeat pattern reminiscent of shattered glass. Composed of small scraps cut into fractal shapes, the patchwork was conceived and designed by textile artist Karen Spurgin. It illustrates the evolution of a traditonal textile technique. (2011)


Shuktara (India) charity helping homeless children with severe disabilities in Kolkata, India. Shuktara was founded in 1999 by David Earp, a former textiles collector on London’s Portobello Road who had spent years sourcing fabrics in India. Compelled to help the disabled boys abandoned at India’s train stations, David moved to India and began taking orphans off the streets and into his own apartment. Shuktara now operates two homes, one for boys and one for girls, each with full-time caretakers and educational training. To raise funds for Shuktara, David designs one-of-a-kind kantha. Using dosa’s fabric remnants, he composes new patchworks of his own design with the assistance of two Shuktara caretakers. David employs a group of women living in the outskirts of Kolkata to then quilt the layers by hand using the traditional kantha running stitch. (2007) See also kantha, quilting


surplice (France) loose, white ecclesiastical vestment usually of knee length with large open sleeves. Reminiscent of an artist’s smock, the surplice is a staple dosa shape, continually reinterpreted. Christina’s collection of vintage surplices, which she started in the late 1970s, includes a group of Vatican religious vestments discovered at a Los Angeles gift show. They were brought over by the niece of an Italian man who had operated a lavanderia next to the Vatican. (2004)