Shift Clothing(52 items)
Welcome to NOVICA's Shift 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 Shift Clothing
Love this dress!
I love this dress! I wear it all the time in the summer. Love the print and the style. I wear a 12/14 and ordered a large and it is loose, not too tight, but has a nice shape.
Gorgeous color dress!
This is the 5th dress that I have purchased from Galuhs clothing collection. I have loved each and every one of the them, and I will likely continue to purchase more of her beautiful items. Her Purple Lily dress is very beautiful and the batik design looks gorgeous on the fabric! The scoop neckline, drop waist, and ruffled skirt make this dress comfortable, fun, and playful to wear. The dress fit me as expected and is perfect for warm day. This dress could be paired with a sweater to create a lovely business casual work outfit. Thank you, Galuh, for my beautiful dress!
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Popular Shift Clothing
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.
White Beaded A-Line Dress with Sequins and Ruffles, "Golden"
Accented with beadwork that covers the yoke, this seductive dress is created in a sheer viscose georgette. Dazzling flowers reveal India's painstaking bock print technique, done by hand, and sequins add sparkle. By designer, Vijay Singh, this elegant frock features a ruffled hem.
Designed for a loose, flowing fit.
Batik Rayon Shift Dress in Midnight and White, "Midnight Fall"$49.99
Inspired by fall, Balinese artisan Endah creates this elegant shift dress. Crafted from suave rayon, this shift dress is decorated using the batik method; a wax resist is stamped by hand onto the fabric before it is treated with dye, resulting in a deep midnight blue with leaf and floral motifs of snow white. This dress is characterized by short sleeves and a knee-length skirt, and features a removable tie and side seam pockets.