Rayon Tied Dyed Sarong in Assorted Shades of Blue and Purple
Sea Glass, Rayon Tied Dyed Sarong in Assorted Shades of Blue and Purple
Size: One Size
Nyoman NadriIn vivid shades of sky blue, violet and navy, this tie-dyed sarong is a standout. The rayon sarong can be worn as a skirt or as a cover-up at the pool, and the lightweight fabric and flirty fringe...$29.99
Artist: Nyoman Nadri
Pebbles in a River
Short Cotton Batik Robe of Vibrant Blue and Rosy Hues
Pebbles in a River, Short Cotton Batik Robe of Vibrant Blue and Rosy Hues
Saktut RaitawatiAs an artisan, Saktut Raitawati is always seeking out new ways to empower women who have a talent for crafting but need to work from home. This is one of her hand made cotton batik robes, which...$59.99
Artist: Saktut Raitawati
Maroon Handmade Rayon Pants with Drawstring Waist
Wine Floral, Maroon Handmade Rayon Pants with Drawstring Waist
Ketut SuwitraWith a profound appreciation for nature and the unknown, Balinese artisan Ketut Suwitra creates beautiful designs for wearable art. These rayon pants are decorated by adding soda ash into the dyeing...
Artist: Ketut Suwitra
Teal Rayon Batik Women's Top with Hi Low Hem
Teal Floral, Teal Rayon Batik Women's Top with Hi Low Hem
Ketut SuwitraDark taupe flowers bloom profusely on a field of teal on this cap-sleeved blouse from Bali's Ketut Suwitra. The beautifully draping rayon fabric is hand-stamped with a floral batik pattern using...$44.99
Artist: Ketut Suwitra
Blue Violet Women's Batik Robe from Indonesia
Indigo Orchids, Blue Violet Women's Batik Robe from Indonesia
Saktut RaitawatiEvoking wild orchids in an indigo forest, Saktut Raitawati designs a comfortable robe with floral motifs. Bali's traditional batik technique is used to create them. Classic front-wrap styling, wide...$79.99
Artist: Saktut Raitawati
Blue and Purple Bamboo Motif Batik Rayon Short-Sleeve Dress
Bamboo Batik, Blue and Purple Bamboo Motif Batik Rayon Short-Sleeve Dress
Galuh KenangaThis fun and flirty dress is made of a beautiful purple on blue bamboo motif batik rayon fabric. Designed by Galuh Kenanga of Bali, the short-sleeve dress has an elastic ruffled neckline that can be...$69.99
Artist: Galuh Kenanga
Hand-printed Batik Orange Orchids on 100% Silk Thai Sarong
Tropical Cattleya, Hand-printed Batik Orange Orchids on 100% Silk Thai Sarong
Size: One Size
VinitaCattleyas blossom in a feast of colors over the luxurious silk textures of this sarong. From Thailand's Vinita, the versatile sarong is crafted with milenary batik techniques printed by hand in orange...$89.99
Blue or Purple Clothing(7 items)
Welcome to NOVICA's Blue or Purple Clothing Collection designed and crafted for you by talented artisans worldwide.
The Village Council
Your answers straight from the village experts
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.
Ketut Suwitra Batik and hand-painted apparel
Suwitra designs and creates elegant wearable art through his unique ability to capture nature's beauty.