Among Altadena’s most interesting recent arrivals is artist/designer Mumu Aung, who moved here, married long-time Altadena resident John Zoraster in 2008, and set up her atelier in his living room. Aung left her native Burma in 2001 for New York City, and she and Zoraster carried on a long distance romance from 2005 until he convinced her to give up the big city to join him in his rustic hillside abode near the mouth of Rubio Canyon.
Mumu has visited her family in both in Rangoon and remote parts of the country three times in the past few years, returning with textiles, handcrafted items, and semi-precious stones. She works many of these into jewelry and fashion creations, but has decided to do a little clearing out of her cornucopia in a unique holiday boutique at 3279 Rubio Canyon Road this Sunday, Dec. 16, from 10 am to 2 pm.
Prices for jewelry she has assembled from semi-precious raw jade, ruby, and agate, fabulous hand loomed hill tribe textiles, Burmese sun umbrellas, and fashion items fall well within the affordable range and make wonderful, one of a kind gifts. Textiles can be made into cushions, bags, and home decorations, or tossed across your sofa to add new richness and interest to your home.