Block Print Clothing(35 items)
Welcome to NOVICA's Block Print 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 Block Print Clothing
Love This Dress!
This dress is absolutely gorgeous and well made - fits perfectly! Normally wear a size 12 - ordered the Large and it is perfect. I also ordered a shawl to go with it and it is a perfect match. Beading is beautiful and elegant. Plan to wear to my sons wedding!
Perfect summertime top
This cotton blouse is comfortable and cool to wear. The pink accents are just the right finishing touches!
"My trademark is the golden block print patterns I create. I let them stand out in the clothes, like the sun."
"I was born October 26, 1977 in Uttar Pradesh to a Rajput family.... read more
Popular Block Print Clothing
Grey and Black Cotton Paisley Tunic with Pink Accents, "Paisley Dance"
Indian designer Isha Jain presents a beautiful tunic that is block-printed by hand with a paisley motif. The overall paisley pattern in black on grey is joined by a block-printed leaf and vine design on the lower half of both sleeves. The lightweight all-cotton tunic features three-quarter length sleeves, side slits at the hemline, and deep pink fabric-covered buttons that are secured by loops. Deep pink piping also adorns the neckline and cuffs.
Chanderi Tunic Hand Block Printed Cotton Silk Blend, "Tangerine Temptress"
Boldly elegant in tangerine, this tunic by India's Isha Jain exalts the legendary beauty of fabric. A 100% silk warp is combined with a 100% cotton weft, resulting in crisp, glossy sheer textures. Jain masters hand-block printing techniques in a darker shade of tangerine to adorn the tunic with floral and leafy patterns, and a dark brown hue for the neckline, sleeve cuff and lower panel. Fuchsia silk taping trims the cuffs and hemline. Featuring lateral side slits and three-quarter length sleeves, the tunic closes with two concealed hook-and-eye closures and is lined with cotton. fabric can be traced back to Vedic times; however, it was not until the 1970's that the cotton and silk blend fabric was developed. textures are somewhat crisp.
Green and Brown Shibori-Dyed Embellished Dress with Sequins, "Shibori Enchantment"
Accented with golden beadwork and sequins, this beautiful dress showcases the ancient art of a tie-dying technique that originated in Japan. Block print paisley motifs cover the sheer chiffon frock with its spaghetti straps and ruffled hem. By Indian designer, Vijay Singh, the dress is a beautiful example of feminine fashion. It slips over the head.
Designed for a loose, flowing fit.