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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 Clothing Gifts
Soft, Elegant, & Vibrant
This jacket is stunning. The outside of the coat is very soft and feels lightweight but it kept me warm in 20 degree (F) weather in Minnesota. The color is bright and beautiful. The jacket is long enough to cover most of hips and bottom (I am 65 inches tall), and wide enough to accommodate for arm movement so it doesnt feel too tight. I would definitely purchase from this designer again.
Beautiful Color & Quality
I absolutely love this poncho. It is beautifully crafted and so warm and soft to the touch. The color makes me happy (I would call it pomegranate). It came in a wonderfully wrapped gift package with a bow and a cute little figurine.. To top it off, I received a hand-written card from the artist with a photo of Machu Picchu on the front of the card. I was very touched! This was truly a wonderful gift to myself. Thank you very much! I highly recommend this poncho to anyone who wants to feel appreciated and warm!
Beautiful, colorful sweater
This sweater is so pretty! I am so glad to have purchased this sweater as a gift because it is so very pretty and colorful. I like the way the sleeves fall cause it does give the sweater a flow-like look. Thank you so much.
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Long Handwoven Burgundy & Blue Ikat Cotton Duster Jacket, "Kartini Burgundy"$99.95
By Ully, this long, open duster jacket is woven by hand in burgundy and blue using the ikat technique, in which the threads are tie-dyed before placing them on the loom. The Javanese artisan names her design Kartini, for a beloved pioneer for women's rights in Indonesia.
Due to the hand-dyed and handwoven nature of ikat, patterns or position of motifs may vary from garment to garment, making each a unique work of art. The overall color scheme will remain the same.
Embroidered Mughal Tunic, "Mughal Mystery"$67.99
The 17th-century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, best known for erecting the Taj Mahal, built Delhi's Red Fort as his capital in 1648. Its intricate architectural details have inspired artists ever since, including the designer of this heavily embroidered all-cotton tunic. The dramatic tunic features ivory soutache embroidery at the neckline, cuffs and hem, as well as glistening white sequins.
Peruvian Pima Cotton Baroque Tunic for Women, "Peruvian Baroque"
Santo Domingo Church in Arequipa, Peru, is one of the earliest examples of mestizo baroque architecture—the blending of European and indigenous styles that took place in the centuries after the Spanish conquest. The church’s densely carved facade is the inspiration for the exuberant pattern on this tunic sweater.
Handmade Viscose Chiffon Tie-Dyed Sleeveless Dress, "Jaipur Sunset"$79.99
Presented by Indian artisan Vijay Singh, this rosewood-colored sleeveless dress sparkles from a distance. Embellished with glitzy glass beads, silver-colored thread work, and sequins along the neckline, the dress is crafted from sheer viscose chiffon in a tie-dye pattern. The dress features a fun tassel at the neckline and cotton lining.