CHI-KA extends garments from the rails towards a space that connects cultures and communities. Artful abayas and elegant artisan-made kimonos combine historic cultural codes from the founders’ favourite places. More than just an atelier, CHI-KA pioneers cultural programming that unites multiple disciplines; exploring the meeting points between art, design, food, craft, robotics and performance. CHI-KA is a marriage between Middle-Eastern sensibilities and Japanese aesthetics, tradition and future thinking. We stepped into their Alserkal retail space and gallery to catch up with one half of the team behind the brand, co-founder Nina Valjarevic.
words by Laura Beaney in Design & Architecture