Nature Clothing(23 items)
Welcome to NOVICA's Nature 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 Nature Clothing
Perfect Gift for Mom
I bought this as a birthday gift for my mother. She has beautiful expensive taste and it can be hard to shop for her.. but she loves this cardigan - the fabric, the beauty of the design the quality of the craftsmanship are all wonderful. The fit is flattering and every detail is lovely down to the buttons
Giftee Loved it!
I gave this cardigan as a gift for Christmas and my friend LOVED it. Its warm, soft and just perfect. She keeps commenting on how warm her lower back/butt is when she wears it. Great product!
Was very pleased with this skirt...even more beautiful than the photo can show, nice sturdy material and wonderful craftsmanship. Thank you!
Luisa Villavicencio Cotton apparel and accessories
"All our creations are 100% ecological, 100% natural undyed cotton that reveals the natural shades of the fiber. People are sometimes surprised to learn that we use no dying process at all."
"I'm a Guatemalan woman, born into a family where respect for the environment and for our country's culture have always been a part of our daily life. The story of why I'm here and do what I do is really the story of my whole family... read more
Popular Nature Clothing
Nature-Themed 100% Baby Alpaca Cardigan in Indigo from Peru, "Romantic Nature in Indigo"
Professing a love for nature, this stunning cardigan from Peru is created by Ana Fernandez. She knits this warm accessory from 100% baby alpaca wool, the fine fleece from the season's first shearing. Floral and bird motifs in cerulean decorate a body of indigo, accented by stripes at the wrists and waistline. A coconut shell button-up front completes this lovely sweater.
Nature-Themed 100% Baby Alpaca Cardigan in Tan from Peru, "Romantic Nature in Tan"
Professing a love for nature, this stunning cardigan from Peru is created by Ana Fernandez. She knits this warm accessory from 100% baby alpaca wool, the fine fleece from the season's first shearing. Floral and bird motifs in antique white decorate a body of tan, accented by stripes at the wrists and waistline. A coconut shell button-up front completes this lovely sweater.
Handmade Sleeveless Cotton Maxi Dress, "Naturally Modern"
Belarmino Alvarez designs a sleeveless maxi dress with a round neck and coconut shell buttons. Featuring a wide elasticized waist, the lined dress is sewn of raw cotton in a natural hue. The fabric is known in Guatemala as the weave, a very fine, delicate type of weave that only a few weavers in Cobán are capable of achieving.
Hand Stamped Black and Spice Rayon Long Robe from Bali, "Tropical Leaves"
This striking rayon robe for women is the creation of Saktut Raitawati in Bali. The long black robe features an all-over pattern of tropical foliage in a warm spice shade. A wide sash belt and side-seam pockets complete the design.