Grey Clothing(231 items)
Welcome to the Grey 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 Grey Clothing
All year long sweater
This sweater is so lightweight and soft I love it. If I wear a shirt under it I get warm. So it is great for fall, winter, spring and thoughts cool summer nights. I live in Wisconsin and you never know what to expect what the temperature is going to be. I recommend this sweater. It s absolutely beautiful.
I ve been wanting for years to find a wool cardigan from Ireland. Not a knock off. This sweater is so well made, beautiful and keeps me very warm. Every time I wear it I get so many compliments on it, even people I don t know. The size was a true fit. Love it
I love this sweater. It works well with jeans, with dress slacks, or with a skirt. The colors incorporated in the sweater provide many options for pairing with a variety of colors. Its warm, lightweight, and very comfortable. I ordered a large because that was recommended on the size chart. I wear a size 12 or Medium in blouses and sweaters, and when the Large came, it fit, but a little too close to the body for my taste. I returned the Large and ordered an extraLarge, which fits the way I prefer to wear my sweaters. The exchange was quick and easy.
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
Popular Grey Clothing
Block-Printed White Cotton A-Line Dress from Bali, "Elegant Forest"
Vijay Singh offers this elegant A-line dress from India. Made from snow white viscose chiffon, this dress is decorated with block-printed motifs in gold and slate that evoke the majesty of a forest. Glass beads and glimmering sequins decorate the tied neckline of this frilly dress.
Embroidered Rayon Print Peasant Blouse in Blue and Grey, "Tapestry"$59.95
Inspired by rich brocade as well as breezy style, designer Ramesh Sharma creates a rayon crepe tunic blouse with printed and embroidered accents over-dyed with indigo, to create rich textures and tones. The blouse features a keyhole neckline and elasticized cuffs. Pair it with the matching skirt for a casual bohemian look.
Blue and Taupe Women's Rayon Sundress, "Blue Fusion"$54.99
A rich fusion of ultramarine, navy and taupe create color harmony on this tie-dyed and screen printed sundress from Rakesh Rana in India. The cool, flowing rayon dress is embellished with traditional embroidery and features on-seam pockets on both sides. Adjustable straps allow for a perfect fit.