Arcana NYC is excited to present traditional Balinese endek fabric, handwoven on backstrap looms by the female textile artisans of family-owned Tenun Arta Nadi. Like their kimono silk pieces, these vibrant ikat styles are one-of-a-kind, each displaying a slightly different palette and traditional motif.
Spring / Summer collection finds Arcana exploring the sustainability of design concept, not just fabrication. As sustainably-minded shoppers strive to buy fewer pieces of better quality, Arcana seeks to support their efforts by offering garments that can be worn several different ways. The lace-up blouse, with full, bishop sleeves and eye-catching grommet detail, can be worn backwards or forwards. Its sleeves can be removed entirely in high-summer, or be re-laced for a cold-shoulder look. A full-length formal dress does not need to be retired after it is worn to a wedding or gala. Hidden button plackets allow the dress to be transformed into a figure-hugging cocktail dress, a flowing gathered sundress, or a romantic, feminine camisole that can be styled with a sharp pencil skirt, as well as favorite beat-up denim.
As always, Arcana strives to pay tribute to women’s lives and bodies with timeless styles manufactured in New York’s Garment District. But with each season, we must push ourselves to find better ways to reduce consumption, eliminate toxins from the environment, and support indigenous cultures in creating traditional textiles. After all, the best way to honor the women who inspire us is to honor our Mother Earth.