Seven Pleats

Shot in Valladolid and Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, on 35mm film

Photography and modeling by Daphne Arthur and Sheena Sood 

This collection is inspired by the sophistication of the traditional sari silhouette – the way the pleats gather at the center of the waist and accentuate a woman’s hips, the manner in which the drape calls attention to the curve of her back. Sheena Sood, designer and founder, set out to create easily wearable garments with a nod to her own heritage.

Her new take on the sari features two highly inventive, adaptable styles: a wrap skirt with seven deep sari pleats, and a one-shoulder blouse with an attached scarf. These pieces can be worn both together and separately, and, like the sari, can be draped in many different ways.

Included in this made-in-NYC capsule are the mermaid blouse, a reinterpretation of the traditional sari blouse (the original crop top!) in a metallic mesh, and sharara pants, remixing the traditional extreme flare pants from South Asia in a semi-sheer cotton.

The collection also features the upcycled sari dress. Customers are encouraged to send their own sari material to abacaxi, or choose one from our stock, and we will transform it into a party dress in our Brooklyn atelier, utilizing the sari’s built-in borders and pallu (fancy end) to create something new.