White Clothing(353 items)
Welcome to the White 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. Novica’s 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 robe’s 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 1700’s, 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 White Clothing
This is one of my favorite coats to wear when it is cold. It is beautiful and very soft. Thank you for this great coat.
This blouse is lovely. The fit is nice and the fabric is not as sheer as I thought it might be, which is a bonus. The seams are serged, it is well made. Highly recommend
"It is challenging to start on your own, but my passion for my work has always kept me faithful to my plan and not drift from my chosen path."
Popular White Clothing
Floral Embroidered White Rayon Blouse from Bali, "Blossom Delight"$69.95
By Made Suciati, this elegant blouse is cool and summery. Hand embroidery and openwork create a floral motif along the sleeves and borders. With its V-neck, three-quarter sleeves and button front, the chic top goes from dressy to casual.
Tri-Color Suede Trimmed 100% Baby Alpaca Ruana from Peru, "Majestic Combination"$225
Combining ivory, turquoise, and tangerine, Stefano Basso weaves an elegant and versatile ruana cloak. He works with luxurious baby alpaca, the fine fleece from the season's first shearing. Cozy, warm and beautiful, it features suede trim on the borders.
Diamond Motif Printed Cotton Sundress from India, "Indian Indigo"$59.95
Indian artisan Jay Kumar Maheswari designs this lovely dress with three gathered tiers creating an A-line shape with an airy style. The dress is printed in beautiful shades of indigo - a color created in India for centuries using plant-based dyes.
Block-Printed Cotton Shirtdress in Indigo from India, "Indigo Zigzags"$39.99
In the traditional style of Dabu block printing, white zigzags and indigo diamonds decorate this beautiful Indian shirtdress, which is made from textured jacquard cotton fabric. Jay Kumar Maheswari designs this dress, which features short sleeves and a collared neckline. A button-up front closes this dress, while a belt ties at the front.