Black Leather Rectangular Cutwork Belt with Brass Buckle
Chic Windows, Black Leather Rectangular Cutwork Belt with Brass Buckle
TomomiTomomi of Bali designs a black leather belt with a brass buckle and chic rectangular cutouts spaced evenly across the entire belt. The cutout windows are not only an attractive design, they make the...$57.99
Halcyon in Grey
Labradorite Silver-Plated Face Mask Lanyard
Halcyon in Grey, Labradorite Silver-Plated Face Mask Lanyard
NareeratCrafted with the same attention to detail she affords her fine jewelry, this face mask lanyard from Thailand's Nareerat makes a statement. Segments of sterling silver-plated chain are interspersed...$23.99
Focus in Cream
Adjustable Beaded Cotton Eyeglasses Cord in Cream
Focus in Cream, Adjustable Beaded Cotton Eyeglasses Cord in Cream
ThanadolNever lose your glasses again with this attractive eyeglasses cord by Thai artisan Thanadol. He adorns a cream colored cord with bold cotton print fabric, hand-stitched into place. Violet glass and...$19.99
Copper Upcycled Sophistication
Copper-Tone Recycled Soda Pop-Top Belt from Brazil
Copper Upcycled Sophistication, Copper-Tone Recycled Soda Pop-Top Belt from Brazil
Neide AmbrosioPossessing a sophisticated vibe, this adjustable belt from Brazil is handcrafted with upcycled soda pop-tops that are painted in copper and black shades. Making a case for ecological preservation...$64.99
Artist: Neide Ambrosio
Multi-Colored Patterned Beaded Cotton Eyeglasses Cord
Mountain Focus, Multi-Colored Patterned Beaded Cotton Eyeglasses Cord
ThanadolThanadol evokes the mysteries of mountains in Thailand with this intriguing cord for eyeglasses. Showcasing the neutral hues of a rocky mountainside, the cotton strap is adorned with brass and glass...$19.99
Handmade Cotton Belt
Tropical Paths, Handmade Cotton Belt
Roseana RochaBright and wonderfully original, this belt exudes tropical chic. Brazilian designer Roseana Rocha crafts her creation by hand of waxed cotton threads and fastens the belt with a fine brass buckle.$34.99
Artist: Roseana Rocha
Artisan Made Beaded Eyeglass Lanyard from Thailand
My Valentine, Artisan Made Beaded Eyeglass Lanyard from Thailand
ThanadolHand crafted from cotton cord in a graphic pattern of purple, pink, and white, this pretty lanyard is perfect for securing your eyeglasses close to your face. Presented by Thailand's Thanadol, the...$19.99
Stormy in Black
Hand Crafted Beaded Eyeglass Lanyard from Thailand
Stormy in Black, Hand Crafted Beaded Eyeglass Lanyard from Thailand
ThanadolHand crafted from black cotton cord, this pretty lanyard is perfect for securing your eyeglasses close to your face. Presented by Thailand's Thanadol, the lanyard is decorated with littleleaf boxwood...$19.99
Hand Made Beaded Eyeglass Lanyard from Thailand
Breezy Forest, Hand Made Beaded Eyeglass Lanyard from Thailand
ThanadolHand crafted from cotton cord in a graphic pattern of red, black, and yellow, this pretty lanyard is perfect for securing your eyeglasses close to your face. Presented by Thailand's Thanadol, the...$19.99
Stormy in Red
Handmade Beaded Eyeglass Lanyard from Thailand
Stormy in Red, Handmade Beaded Eyeglass Lanyard from Thailand
ThanadolHand crafted from red cotton cord, this pretty lanyard is perfect for securing your eyeglasses close to your face. Presented by Thailand's Thanadol, the lanyard is decorated with littleleaf boxwood...$19.99
Handcrafted Beaded Eyeglass Lanyard from Thailand
Tree Tops, Handcrafted Beaded Eyeglass Lanyard from Thailand
ThanadolHand crafted from cotton cord in a graphic pattern of green, black, and brown, this pretty lanyard is perfect for securing your eyeglasses close to your face. Presented by Thailand's Thanadol, the...$19.99
Armor Chainmail in Pink
Soda pop-top belt
Armor Chainmail in Pink, Soda pop-top belt
Neide AmbrosioCombining the colorful glitter of aluminum with bright pink threads, Neide Ambrosio achieves the regular textures of chain mail armor. She crafts this novel belt from pop-tops, recycling castaways...$49.99
Artist: Neide Ambrosio
Hand Made Thai Coconut Shell Belt
Elephant March, Hand Made Thai Coconut Shell Belt
Sasithon SaisukParading in single file, rotund elephants form a novel belt. Sasithon Saisuk crafts the pachyderms from coconut shell, knotting the links on nylon cord. Rain tree wood beads complete the design, which...$19.99
Artist: Sasithon Saisuk
Women's Brass Accessories(13 items)
Welcome to NOVICA's Women's Brass Accessories Collection designed and crafted for you by talented artisans worldwide.
The Village Council
Your answers straight from the village experts
Hand-washing and dry cleaning are the most common ways to care for and clean shawls. Many of our alpaca shawls specifically indicate dry-cleaning or hand-washing with cold water. Because shawls are delicate, a garment bag is a good way to prevent damage. Avoid direct sunlight and high heat. As always, it is important to follow the care instructions specific to the fabric of your shawl.
The great thing about shawls is that they are versatile. One can find a shawl for every season. Warmth is often based on the tightness of the weave and the type of material used. Alpaca fiber is known for its thermal capacity and provides an optimal degree of warmth. Sheep wool also acts as an insulator, absorbing moisture and creating a feeling of coziness for the wearer. Shawls made of cashmere and pashmina are light and thin, yet still provide a high degree of warmth. In Mexico, shawls made from San Juan Chamula sheep keep one warm and comfortable.
Comfort is always a question of preference, but certain fabrics lend themselves to softness and warmth. Shawls from the Andes are made from super soft alpaca fibers, and provide wearers a high level of comfort. Similarly, in Thailand and Bali, silk shawls are always favorites. Depending on ones climate, particular shawls may be preferable. Central American shawls made from cotton and rayon keep wearers cool in warm climates, whereas bamboo and acrylic shawls are great for cold weather. During hot summers, Indian shawls made of modal, silk, and viscose are a perfect option, and merino wool and cashmere are ideal for winter. West Africa stands by the luxurious comfort of their 100% cotton shawls, and Mexico prioritizes comfort with their beautiful wool designs.
It depends on what you mean by handmade. We support artisans who work in the ancient traditions of their ancestors, crafting items by hand, with patience and love. But techniques vary among shawl makers. Embroidery, hand-painting, stitching, and sewing are often part of the process. Some artisans do use power looms when crafting their shawls, but even in those instances, there is no mega-factory or mass production line behind the garment. The beauty, creativity, and inspiration for each shawl comes from the artists own heart. Our product descriptions will always specify if an item is hand-woven, hand-knit, or otherwise.
The shawl comes to us full of history, culture, and heritage. Each region invests its shawls with different symbols, patterns, and designs. Some shawls, like those in West Africa and the Andes, feature linear and geometric shapes, clean lines and patterns that have been passed down through the centuries. In Bali, we find elaborate batik designs, a technique that makes use of alternating dye and wax to block color. In Central America, embroidered and woven shawls incorporate designs inspired by corn, butterflies, and birds. Floral patterns are very popular in Indian shawls, particularly in pashminas from Kashmir. Gujarati shawls often depict geometric shapes, and artisans increasingly incorporate contemporary designs through hand-painted fabric. Thailand also integrates floral patterning, often using the yok dok technique, a brocade style that leaves the fabric slightly raised. This emphasis on brocade is also evident in Mexican shawls, with lavish designs in the form of frets, flowers and geometric figures, all inspired by pre-Hispanic cultures.
Fibers, dyes, and fabrics come together in innovative, unique ways during the creation of a shawl. Different regions rely on resources that are readily available and have cultural significance. In West Africa, 100% cotton and rayon frequently make their appearances in shawls. In Bali and Thailand, soft silk lends a luxuriousness to the shawl. Central American artisans incorporate bamboo rayon, while India makes use of wool and silk. Mexico boasts an array of vibrant natural and cotton yarn dyes, and artisans from the Andes weave shawls out of soft alpaca fiber.
Throughout the world, the shawl is considered a venerated garment, made by hand from techniques passed down through generations. The methods for making traditional shawls vary as widely as the regions from which they come. But most employ some method of hand knitting or weaving on a loom. In the Andes, for example, crocheting and flat weaving on a treadle loom are common techniques. In Central America, backstrap and foot looms are popular with artisans. In Bali, one finds intricate sewing, in addition to weaving. And in India and Thailand, practices of hand-painting fabric, batik, and the use of natural dyes are intimately tied to the creation of shawls.