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Mindfully-made clothing inspired by travel, vibrant hues, and the infinite beauty of nature. Balancing bold color, handcrafted techniques, natural fibers, and an innovative play on traditional silhouettes, abacaxi is South Asian-American designer Sheena Sood's wearable vision for an eclectic woman. Named after the Portuguese word for pineapple, abacaxi hybridizes a tropical spirit with an NYC lifestyle.

 
 
Sari Wrap Skirt and Divya Blouse in cotton, Photo by Daphne Arthur

Sari Wrap Skirt and Divya Blouse in cotton, Photo by Daphne Arthur

Sari Wrap Skirt and Divya Blouse in Pitaya

Sari Wrap Skirt and Divya Blouse in Pitaya

 
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Sheena Sood grew up in Minnesota, traveling occasionally back to India with family where she first experienced daily life in saturated color. Those childhood visits sparked an ongoing obsession with travel, textiles, color, and pattern.

As an adult, she has spent much time traveling to places such as Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam, Peru, and Mexico, studying what she is most passionate about, and amassing an array of knowledge on indigenous textile techniques that she embeds in her design and ethos today.

With over a decade of experience designing for brands such as Tracy Reese, Cole Haan, and Anthropologie, Sheena started abacaxi in Brooklyn with a capsule of silk garments featuring vintage embroideries collected in Rajasthan, India. While continuing to work as a freelance textile consultant, she runs abacaxi.

Sheena is also a visual artist; color and an interest in hybridity are a few themes connecting her work in these different visual realms. Her artwork can be seen here.