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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.
By Donna lee
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.
I bought this beautiful robe as a gift for my mother in law and she just loves it. Now Im afraid Im going to have to get one for myself.
By Virginia l
Wow, the shipping on this was outstanding. Today is the last day of September, this wasnt expected for another couple of weeks, and to my great surprise it was delivered today. Terimah kasi banyak ibu! I will definitely buy from you again!
Green and Blue Batik Print Long Sleeved Rayon Robe with Belt, "Ubud Grove"
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.
Turquoise Batik Long Sleeved Rayon Robe with Belt, "Ocean Eden"
Desak Nyoman Parwati combines wondrous Balinese ocean and rain forest motifs in this luxurious robe. A batik print is stamped by hand onto the rayon cloth before it is tie dyed in vibrant turquoise, purple and pastel greens. This robe includes long sleeves and a matching belt.
Blue and Green Batik Leaf Long Sleeved Rayon Robe with Belt, "Mystery Grove"
Desak Nyoman Parwati explores the beauty of an undiscovered Balinese grove in this luxurious robe. A batik print is stamped by hand onto the rayon cloth before it is tie dyed in vibrant turquoise, purple and greens. This robe includes long sleeves and a matching belt.
Women's Fair Trade Batik Robe, "Emerald Birds"
Like jade feathers against a midnight sky, this fascinating batik robe by Desak Nyoman Parwati creates the illusion of a ("pigeon") in flight. Makes for refreshing attire on a warm summer evening.
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.