She studied painting at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, but she learned about clothing design at home. “My mother was a seamstress and a maker of everything and anything textile—she was really incredible,” recalls Dahlia. “I grew up with that and I picked it up when I was about five. I always enjoyed things like crocheting and knitting.”
During her last year of art school, she took a weaving class on Cape Cod that ignited her love for the craft and started her on a career path that has spanned more than four decades.
The tactile aspect of the work also draws her in, as she encourages a visitor to feel the softness of a bamboo jacket. Bamboo has become a popular material for environmentally-conscious clothing manufacturers because of its sustainability. “It’s an incredibly comfortable fiber that wicks away moisture and is relatively odor free.”
Many women who buy Dahlia designs return year after year to add to their collection. As her clients have moved into their retirement years, she has moved away from business attire and toward clothing for special events and travel. “The idea is to make clothes work for my customers, who can order items in the sizes and colors that best suit them.”
Inspired by fashion, color, texture and nature, her clothing is comfortable, stylish and distinctive, with fans who know it when they see it on other women. “When somebody wears a Dahlia garment to a meeting or function and another woman says, ‘Oh, you’re wearing a Dahlia,’ it’s recognized, and that to me feels great.”
Dahlia Gallery is her boutique gallery in Boston, MA that features her creations and garments, accessories, and jewelry from other talented artisans.
Just above street level on Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End sits Dahlia Gallery, a clothing and accessories store that someone might miss if they weren’t looking for it. Once inside, visitors are enveloped by a kind of soft, multi-colored cocoon of fabrics and yarns forming what could rightly be called wearable art. This is the world of Dahlia Popovits, weaver and clothing designer, artist and artisan, mother and businesswoman.
Dahlia Gallery features handmade and hand-dyed silk scarves from textile artists across the United States, displayed alongside multi-colored hand woven vests and jackets designed and made by Popovits herself in the production studio behind the showroom. The natural fiber fabrics include rayon, bamboo, and cotton/bamboo blends. We can’t wait to have you stop by for a visit!
Dahlia’s handwoven clothing can also be seen at some of the top craft shows around the country. Please check the Craft & Art Fairs Events page to see where we will be next.