Black and White Clothing(70 items)
Welcome to the Black and White Clothing Collection at NOVICA, 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 Black and White Clothing
I just ordered this for myself for spring. Lovely and soft - soft knit white or black nightgown makes this a great ensemble to wear even when company stops by - Im thinking ahead.
Light and beautifully embroidered
This top has been the perfect thing to wear during our hot weather. The embroidery really dresses it up and is very nicely done.
Cool and comfortale
This is a lightweight and cool top, great for humid summers. Its a flattering fit as well. The waist can be cinched to give it a little shape.
Hari and Arthur Batik apparel and decor accents
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Forbidden City Cardigan, "Forbidden City"
Beijing's Forbidden City, now home to the Palace Museum, was the Chinese imperial palace for almost five hundred years. Its 980 buildings boast some of the world's most intricate and ornate architectural decoration, which was the inspiration for this long-line, multi-season knit topper. A single fastener at the neck recalls the long vests worn by court officials in the Qing Dynasty.
Black and White Glen Plaid Car Coat, "Delhi Classic"$104.99
Its classic good looks will make this wool-blend car coat a favorite companion this winter. The button-front coat features a glen plaid fabric in black and white with subtle accents of brick red. The coat is fully lined in black polyester and features shape-flattering seams on front and back.
Grey Black and Orange Print Cotton Maxi Dress, "Magical Bliss"
Styled in an attractive ikat-inspired print, this maxi dress is created by Indian textile artist Aftab. Grey, white and black make a striking contrast against vibrant orange straps and borders. The spaghetti straps are perfect for the summer months and the casual style is figure-flattering.
Long Sleeve Floral White Tunic Hand Embroidered in India, "Late Night Bloom"
Bold and beautiful Indian embroidery transforms this gorgeous tunic from designer Shalabh. The lightweight cotton top features a swooping v-neck for a comfortable, loose fit. Stunning floral embroidery in navy blue flows elegantly from the neckline and down the length of the long sleeves to the neat, elastic cuffs. Perfect for everyday wear, this tunic is semi-sheer and is best worn with a camisole.