Grey Clothing(205 items)
Welcome to NOVICA's Grey Clothing Collection designed and crafted for you by talented artisans worldwide.
The Village Council
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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 Grey Clothing
The color is beautiful.
I love these pants! The elastic waist makes them very comfortable, and the detail on the legs is beautiful.
I looked at this every time I would shop. Finally bought it. One of my favorite purchases so far from Novica!
Soft colors, very versatile
This cardigan sweater is soft and comfortable, warm and oh, so pretty, with light feminine colors. It is versatile enough to wear with many outfits, over solids and other patterns, such as stripes. Of course, it will dress up your jeans and make you look all put together. Thank you, Novica Artisans.
Alfredo Falcon Alpaca apparel and accessories
"When I was a small child, my parents began teaching me to knit. Like me, they learned them from their own parents. So we are a family devoted to the world of textile arts for generations."
"I come from a humble family of textile artisans and my first jobs were making sweaters that we sold later in a small store in Huaraz — an Andean city famous among tourists and mountain sportsmen. Everything went well until our town was hit by the earthquake of... read more
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The fine alpaca fleece of the season’s first shearing, called baby alpaca, is what makes this thigh-length cardigan so irresistibly soft. Peru’s Ana Fernandez designed the swirling floral pattern, inspired by 19th-century Baroque textiles. Features coconut shell buttons.100% baby alpaca.
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Patterned with a subtle zig-zag design, this elegant silver-grey poncho by Peruvian artisan Nestor Yana will be a chic addition to any style. The acrylic poncho's long length and soft fabric will keep you warm and cozy on chilly days.
Short Cotton Ikat Dress in Grey, "Grey Gardens"$69.95
Wear this pretty smoke-grey shift dress on a warm summer day or on a leisurely stroll through the garden. Crafted from soft cotton by Bali's Donald Wira Putra, the knee-length dress is designed using an Indonesian dyeing technique called ikat. It features a rounded neckline and short sleeves.
Women's Grey and Burgundy Hand Stamped Batik Belted Robe, "Morning Aster"$74.99
Exalting Bali's batik heritage, Saktut Raitawati designs a border print robe with graceful arabesque motifs. Classic front-wrap styling, side pockets, three-quarter length sleeves and a matching tie belt combine for graceful lines. The patterns are created with hand-stamped batik.