Travel Friendly Clothing(239 items)
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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 Travel Friendly Clothing
Love this sweater. Classic.
One of my favorite wardrobe pieces. I love that it s cozy but not bulky. It s comfy but can be dressy or casual. I like that it is cotton and not wool or heavy polyester.
Sophisticated casual style
Love it---would love to see it in more colors. Speaking of color, I would not call mine cranberry red...it is more wine-colored or bordeaux than how it appears online. I hope to see more of the 100% baby alpaca sweaters--not a fan of blends. (While in Peru they never had my size so I really appreciate the XL sizes they offer at Novica :-)
Giftee Loved it!
I gave this cardigan as a gift for Christmas and my friend LOVED it. Its warm, soft and just perfect. She keeps commenting on how warm her lower back/butt is when she wears it. Great product!
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Ombre Fade Knit Cotton Blend Pullover Sweater from Peru, "Sunset in Spring"$99.95
Knit from a cotton and viscose blend, this feminine pullover evokes the colors of spring. Intricate chevron and stripe patterns are diligently incorporated into the fibers. Peruvian artisan Patricia Lopez creates this pullover, which is dyed in ombre tones of lavender and marigold.
White Cotton Blouse with Beadwork and Pintucks, "Udaipur Lake"$59.95
A sheer delight for warm-weather style, this 3/4-sleeve tunic from Jay Kumar Maheswari is at once breezy and tailored. Pintuck pleats add texture and shaping, while an angled hem lends a relaxed look. The blouse is accented with tiny beads along the neckline, bodice and cuffs. 100% cotton.
Boteh Embroidered Silk Jacket, "Boteh Garden"
, mango leaf, even Welsh pear--the pattern most commonly known as paisley in the West goes by many different names. The teardrop-shaped, abstract floral comes in infinite variations, and here they're embroidered on an elegant jacket made of raw silk. The fully-lined jacket features split sleeves that can be folded back.
Women's Sheepskin and Leather Travel Shoes, "Comfortable Style"$127.99
Cozy slippers by Acorn® have been worn by NASA astronauts in orbit and sherpas at Mount Everest base camp. Fortunately, Acorn is just as good at designing comfortable footwear for more down-to-earth itineraries. These shoes' slip-on, metal-free design make them a perfect choice for smooth passage through airport security. The removable insole and EVA midsole offer lightweight performance and maximum cushioning so you can wear them all day. The moisture-wicking wool lining keeps feet comfortable, never too hot or too cold. Suede uppers are stain- and water-resistant, and the nonslip rubber outsole provides sure footing outdoors.