PRESERVING TRADITIONS

At Alcana we are working to sustain and preserve cultures by incorporating their traditional textiles into our clothing collections.

Our unique hand crafted garments are created by a wide range of skilled artisans across the globe.

Each collection features a different culture and community, celebrating their unique craft and tradition.Our aim is to connect the grower, the textile artisan, the tailor and the wearer through this story.

We celebrate our own culture through traditional drape, flat pattern making and tailoring by producing on shore in Australia, weaving our stories together through each garment.

By celebrating the true artistry of clothing and textiles we also celebrate slow fashion and slow living.

 
MASHRU WEAVING, BHUJODI

MASHRU WEAVING, BHUJODI

AJRAKHPUR BLOCK PRINTING

AJRAKHPUR BLOCK PRINTING

 

hand weaving

We employ weaving artisans from rural villages across the North West of India. This ancient tradition has been practiced in family homes for centuries, by working with artisans today we are not only providing employment for skilled weavers, we are keeping a tradition alive and giving it meaning in our rapidly developing world.
 

Herbal Plant Dye

Medicinal herbal dyeing is an ancient practice used among many cultures for centuries, a practice that supports the wellbeing of our planet and its people. At Alcana we use only medicinally rich herbs, minerals, plant material and oils to dye our fabric. 

We work with a range of natural dyers in India who practice Ayuvastra, the art of using medicinal herbs to dye cloth.
 

Hand Block Printing

Hand block printing had been around for hundreds of years and has a language of its own often used to identify a tribe, religion or marital status.

Traditional hand block printing is a stunning technique creating a raw, imperfect yet intricate aesthetic.

Firstly the patterns are hand carved into wooden blocks by a carving artisan, then they are hand printed using natural fabric paint applied to cotton.

We work with block printers from a small   village in Gujarat to create our unique hand made prints.

 
ORGANIC COTTON PLANT

ORGANIC COTTON PLANT

WEAVING SHUTTLE

WEAVING SHUTTLE

POMEGRANATE DYE POT

POMEGRANATE DYE POT

POMEGRANATE AND INDIGO YARN

POMEGRANATE AND INDIGO YARN