Medium Clothing(1,282 items)
Welcome to NOVICA's Medium 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 Medium Clothing
Love this blouse
I love this blouse. Completely covered with embroidery back and front, its surprisingly sturdy. Its styling allows it to be worn as a tee-shirt with jeans, or as a special occasion piece with trousers or skirt. I took it traveling and rolled it up in my suitcase and it came out of the bag perfect and unwrinkled. Good quality - highly recommended. (I typically wear a size 14 top and have a small bust; I bought the size XL and it had the perfect fit for me - loose without looking too large.)
By James M
My wife thought this item was just perfect: lightweight, comfortable, and pretty style. The color has subtle vibrancy.
Beautiful and well made
This is a beautiful and soft cardigan. It is very well made, fits well and I have received many compliments on this sweater.
"My designs are youthful and unique. I love every bit of my work. The challenges, effort and victories are what keep me going."
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Peruvian Alpaca Wool Blend Open Front Coat in Black, "Elegance in Black"$289.99
Artisan Tomas Sota loves sharing his alpaca designs because he feels that it is like sharing a piece of his Peruvian homeland. This beautiful black coat is crafted from a baby alpaca, the finest, softest fleece from the season’s first shearing, and wool blend. The alpaca and wool blend will keep you cozy and warm, while the open front design makes for easy on-and-off when you are on the go. The black satiny lining is made of a rayon and polyester blend.
Light Blue Embroidered Viscose Blouse, "Jaipur Chic"$47.99
Enzyme-washed viscose in sky blue provides a backdrop for the stunning embroidery on this blouse from India's Anchal Ahuja. The dark blue embroidery adorns the sleeveless top's keyhole necklace, back yoke, and hem. A drawstring at the waist allows you to adjust the fit as desired. The artisan adds wooden beads to the ties at the neck and waist for bohemian flair.
Moto Style Leather Jacket in Cinnamon, "Stylish Elegance"$179.99
Supple lambskin leather in cinnamon brown becomes a stunning jacket in the hands of Shamsher Ali in India. The on-trend moto styling and shapely princess-seamed silhouette make it a flattering addition to any closet. Fully lined, the jacket features a zipper closure, angled zipper pockets and zippers at the cuffs.
Embroidered Green Viscose Tunic, "Viridian Beauty"$49.95
Viridian viscose becomes an elegant tunic in the talented hands of India's Anchal Ahuja. The softly-draping tunic features a tone-on-tone embroidered yoke with a notched neckline and button placket. Embroidery and antiqued metal buttons also add interest to the cuffs.