Arcana is honored to work with some of the most exceptional sustainable textile companies the world has to offer. Discover the stories behind each unique fabric used in our FW17 Collection.
 
 
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Endek Sarong, Bali

Until relatively recently, hand-spun and hand-woven textiles were ubiquitous in Bali. These vibrantly-hued fabrics are traditionally woven into sarong, the customary wrapped garment of Indonesia. However, Bali is a nation that has experienced massive economic and sociological shifts in only the past generation. With rising demands placed on rural Balinese by globalization, the labor-intensive craft of traditional endek weaving has been all but laid by the wayside. Instead, Bali now imports sarong that have been mass-produced in China, at a detriment to both the environment and Balinese industry.

 Designer Arianna Reagan spent a month travelling to far-flung villages of rural Bali in search of weaving collectives practicing this precious indigenous craft. It was in the village of Sidemen that the designer discovered Tenun Arta Nadi, a family-owned collective dedicated to reviving Bali’s stunning textile art. By training village women in the increasingly esoteric practice of endek and songket weaving, Tenun Arta Nadi is rejuvenating local economy, while ensuring indigenous textile arts continue to hold a place of honor in generations to come.

 
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Gaji Wood Silk, India

“There will be nothing left for the generations to come if we are not sustainable in what we do and a simple rule to be sustainable is to give back to nature what you take from it in the same form.” So say brothers Prashant and Kunal, who converted their family’s traditional cotton mill into a business that is devoted to constantly developing better sustainable textiles. GOTS certified wood silk is made from cotton lintner and the fibres of beech trees in a closed-loop, low-waste manufacturing system, resulting in a silk-like textile that wears and washes just like cotton. This Gaji silk’s soft yellow tone is acheived using dye made from the skin of pomegranates, an ancient technique native to India.

 
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Cupro, Japan

“There will be nothing left for the generations to come if we are not sustainable in what we do and a simple rule to be sustainable is to give back to nature what you take from it in the same form.” So say brothers Prashant and Kunal, who converted their family’s traditional cotton mill into a business that is devoted to constantly developing better sustainable textiles. GOTS certified wood silk is made from cotton lintner and the fibres of beech trees in a closed-loop, low-waste manufacturing system, resulting in a silk-like textile that wears and washes just like cotton. This Gaji silk’s soft yellow tone is acheived using dye made from the skin of pomegranates, an ancient technique native to India.

 
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Vintage Kimono Silk, Japan

With traditional Japanese garments relegated to special occasions in modern Japan, the country’s number of illustrious silk artisans has dwindled. Vintage silks of every hue, displaying motifs central to the culture’s visual lexicon, have been wrapped up and stored away in warehouses.

In collaboration with a family-owned kimono trading company, Ichiroya, Arcana’s Fall Winter 2017 collection salvages and repurposes these precious emblems of Japan’s rich textile history.

One bolt, or tan, is a narrow 14 1/2” in width, and only enough to make a single kimono. Thus, each garment made from this vibrant silk is a one-of-a-kind heirloom showcasing the beautiful craftsmanship of a bygone Japan.