Black and White Clothing(56 items)
Welcome to NOVICA's Black and White Clothing Collection designed and crafted for you by talented artisans worldwide.
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Traditional methods of hand crafting robes vary by region, culture, and historical context. Two common techniques that allow artisans to create luxurious, wearable, highly-detailed robes are hand-painting and hand-stitching. In Bali, where the practice of making robes by hand has been passed down for generations, the traditional method of batik is a signature style. The Batik Tulis, for example, is a technique that utilizes wax-resistant dye that is then applied directly to the cloth. It is an intricate, patient process that can produce extraordinarily detailed pieces. Batik Cap is another classic technique where a copper stamp is repeatedly pressed with the wax-resistant dye onto the cloth. This process creates patterns on the garment that are then dip-dyed to saturate color into the unwaxed parts of the robe. Both batik techniques produce unique pieces that represent the incredible talent of our artisans in Bali.
Each region puts its signature mark on its handmade robes. In Thailand, for example, designs featuring geometric patterns and labyrinth motifs are trending. These patterns are hand-woven to create a ruched texture that highlights the intricacy of each garment. From Bali to Java, our artisans have seen their batik motifs become customer favorites. These wearable canvases feature both hand-painted and hand-printed designs, making for vibrant, one-of-a-kind pieces that allow for artisans and customers to showcase their individuality.
The fit, feel, and fabric of a robe should transport you to a place of rest and relaxation. Novicas handmade robes exude comfort, because artisans attend to every detail with painstaking care. Robes made from silk, cotton, or rayon can provide high levels of comfort and versatility. One should look for breathability, absorbency, and versatility when purchasing a robe. Additionally, hypoallergenic fibers, like cotton, can provide comfort to those with sensitive skin. Whether one is looking for a lightweight fabric or a lavishly-woven robe, every handmade piece from Novica artisans brings an expressive twist to new styles and a fresh take on the classics.
Handmade robes are fine, delicate pieces. These garments require a bit more care when it comes to laundering. Hand-washing in cold water always produces the best results. For machine wash, one can use cold water and the delicate cycle. Avoid twisting or harshly handling the fabric, and never use intense heat settings while drying the robe. Air drying while the fibers are laid flat will help to prevent excessive wear on the fabric, as well as preserve the vibrancy of the robes colors. Always dry a batik or hand-painted robe in the shade.
The journey of the traditional robe throughout history is meandering and culturally specific. Here are just a few of the important stops along the way. In Japan, kimonos are an adaptable garment that have been a staple of cultural fashion since the Heian period. The robes from Bali are influenced by the classic Japanese kimono and yukata. The kimono is crafted with silk and worn over many layers in the winter while the yukata is a summer garment made with a single layer of cotton. Both of these styles reflect the artisans' take on a traditional style. In prehistoric Rome, robes were used to identify social status and to signify special ranks within communities. And by the 1700s, dressing gowns were a fashionable piece in the western wardrobe.
The most popular materials for crafting handmade robes are natural fibers such as silk and cotton. Because silk is a light-weight, water-resistant fiber, it provides the wearer a sense of luxury and comfort. Rayon is a natural-based material made up of an organic compound derived from cotton extract or wood pulp. This fiber is extremely durable, breathable, and cost effective. Cotton is celebrated for its comfortability and elasticity, and it provides excellent insulation. These fibers make for garments that exude luxury and relaxation.
Featured Reviews on Black and White Clothing
I just ordered this for myself for spring. Lovely and soft - soft knit white or black nightgown makes this a great ensemble to wear even when company stops by - Im thinking ahead.
My new all time favorite!
This blouse has a very pleasant feel, is well crafted, artfully designed, expertly made and perfect for hot, humid summers! I will buy another one!
Beach saying with bling
A gift for my mom she absolutely loves it especially the sequins. The design and sequins elevates this to an evening piece
Hari and Arthur Batik apparel and decor accents
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Paisley Embroidered Viscose Sundress from India, "Gujarat Nights"$79.95
Paisley motifs and light-catching beads make a stunningsundress for any occasion, inspired by flowing, formal saris. The embellished halter neckline makes a statement on its own, perfectly framing a bold necklace. The sheer chiffon layer is lined with cotton.
Designed for a loose, flowing fit.
Handmade Batik Indonesian Sarong in Black and White, "White Sun"$19.99
Gleaming sequins adorn the sun-inspired pattern on this sarong. Perfect for a summer day, this batik patterned wrap is hand-printed by Indonesian artisan Prayascita Dewi. This classic black and white design features a sun bordered with a floral pattern.
Forbidden City Cardigan, "Forbidden City"$128.99
Beijing's Forbidden City, now home to the Palace Museum, was the Chinese imperial palace for almost five hundred years. Its 980 buildings boast some of the world's most intricate and ornate architectural decoration, which was the inspiration for this long-line, multi-season knit topper. A single fastener at the neck recalls the long vests worn by court officials in the Qing Dynasty.