Yagul (Zapotec, Mexico) one of the ancient ruins in Oaxaca, Mexico embodying the earthly colors and essence of the region. The Zapotec word yagul is derived from ya- tree and gul- old. The ancient city, first occupied around 500-100 BCE, was excavated in the 1950s and 60s but vestiges of human habitation date to at least 3000 BCE. Vast and unprotected, the sacred ruin inspired colors, textures, and patterns for our spring 2009 collection, “me encanta Yagul”. (1996)


yo-yo puff (Europe, USA) appliqué embellishment made by hand from scraps of cloth using a traditional American recycling craft technique from the 1930s. A circle of fabric is sewn along the edge with a running stitch, then gathered into a puff. In high school, Christina learned to make a yo-yo puff bedspread from an issue of Seventeen magazine. In recent dosa collections, we created yo-yo puffs as interpretations of magnified diatoms photographed by David Liittschwager. (2013)


Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada (USA) author and scholar of historical and contemporary textiles. Yoshiko is known especially for her work in traditional Japanese textiles, including the preservation and popularization of Japanese shibori and other shaped-resist techniques. Since the 1990s, Yoshiko has been an instrumental guide and resource to dosa, consulting since 2001 on a variety of dosa’s projects in Japan, China, and India. Her immeasurable depth of knowledge and generosity of resources has provided dosa access to an expanded world of textile artists, artisans, and organizations. (early 1990s)