Women's Robes(129 items)
Our unique collection of short to long robes in cottons, silks, rayons, and sustainable blends showcases the beauty of handmade and handcrafted artisan textiles. Plain or patterned our hand-detailed robes are perfect for bath, lounging, beach covers, or worn kimono style as a jacket. Whatever your style, from classic to bohemian, you will find a robe to suit yours as you explore our special collection of handmade and handcrafted artisan robes.
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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.
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Indonesian Floral Robe, "Batik Midnight" Vibrant colors, batik designs, and kimono-style elegance. Whatever your preference, traditional robes represent a timeless sense of luxury. While these delicate garments vary in style, material, and... read more
Featured Reviews on Women's Robes
By Donna lee
Super Comfortable and Luxurious
Love it...I am a size 1X and it fits. Don?t work around stove or sink with those sleeves though, they are long and cannot be rolled up - obviously. I love the feel of the fabric, light and soft. Colour is gorgeous.
Just a beautiful robe that looks great! I purchased it for when it gets warmer, so I will be wearing it more then.
Beautiful robe - exactly like photos
Just as described, really nice colors and soft to the touch. The size and length are exactly as described, it looks the same or better than the photos. High quality fabric and impeccable stitching. Arrived sooner than I was expecting, packed in a nice little fabric case that matches the robe. I highly recommend, great experience all around. Thank-you to the artisan for creating something so beautiful.
Desak Nyoman Parwati Batik robes and decor accents
"I have built my career step by step. I started by asking my neighbors to come to my place to look at my collection...."
Popular Women's Robes
Batik Rayon Robe in Rose and Berry Pink from Bali, "Batik Blush"$69.95
Bali's Desak Nyoman Parwati creates this radiant robe from 100% rayon with an eye-catching floral pattern. The artisan uses traditional hand-stamping and dying techniques to create the gorgeous design in shades of berry and rose pink. The beautifully feminine robe has long sleeves and comes with a matching belt for a comfortable fit.
Green and Blue Batik Print Long Sleeved Rayon Robe with Belt, "Ubud Grove"$67.99
Desak Nyoman Parwati explores the sight and sounds of Bali's island of Ubud in this luxurious robe. A batik print is stamped by hand onto the rayon cloth before it is over-dyed in shades of green and blue. This robe includes long sleeves and a matching belt.
Indonesian Floral Patterned Black and Ivory Robe, "Batik Midnight"$74.95
Inspired by the legendary elegance of a kimono, Saktut Raitawati designs this original robe. It is adorned with lush rose patterns that are expertly printed with traditional batik techniques. Featuring pockets on both sides, the black robe ties with a wide belt that repeats the floral composition.
This handpainted batik robe is a truly original work of art. Sunlight, water, dye and temperature all factor into the look of the finished robe. This should be considered a unique design made especially for you. Colors and pattern placement will vary.
Short Cotton Batik Robe of Vibrant Blue and Rosy Hues, "Pebbles in a River"$64.99
As an artisan, Saktut Raitawati is always seeking out new ways to empower women who have a talent for crafting but need to work from home. This is one of her hand made cotton batik robes, which captures the subtlety of rosy pebbles shimmering at the bottom of a river. The design, which works well for lounging or can even be used as a daring wrap jacket, features two side pockets, three-quarter length sleeves, and a self-tie belt.