Rachael Levine is a textiles artist with a focus on Shibori and fabric dying. She has been a working artist since Fall of 2014 and graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design from Columbia College Chicago. Rachael's love of clothing construction and manipulating textiles has blossomed into an art-to-wear collection called ARAE. The word ARAE comes from Rachael's nickname, Rae, and the word 'array' - an impressive display of things. Under her brand, she works with different kinds of silk and cotton gauze to create her various styles of Kimonos, scarves, and tops. She also works with boiled wool, which she Shibori dyes then cuts and sews into soft accessories such as gloves, scarves, and hats. ARAE is sold in many independently owned boutiques and museum shops across the US as well as handmade shows, and online with large retailers such as Artful Home, Uncommon Goods, and Free People. Rachael loves creating pieces of wearable art that allow her customers to express their own creative styles with every wear.
Ethical Production Practices Include:
Keeping it local - Rachael creates each garment and accessory, she hand dyes, cuts, and sews all one of a kind pieces and most of the collection. She has a small team of in-studio help for production orders.
Patterning Smart: ARAE patterns are designed with the fabric in mind. Sizing our pattern pieces to the exact width of the fabric bolt results in less waste, and more gorgeous fabric in our garments and accessories instead of the trash bin.
Zero Waste: The fabric that is not used in our collection (waste from cutting) is kept and separated by size and color for limited Zero Waste releases such as Scrunchies, Braided Headbands, and even our Shimmy style. Pieces too small to incorporate are used as stuffing for pillows or given away to other artists.
Dye Process: Being based in the high desert means taking advantage of the dry air and hot sun all year round. All of our silk and wool is hang dried outside, by the natural sun and air.