Wraps and Ruanas(135 items)
Welcome to NOVICA's Wraps and Ruana 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 Wraps and Ruanas
Wear this wrap frequently during brisk fall days and through the winter. Very warm and I receive many compliments-
We love it!
I bought this for my wife as a Christmas present. It was the hit of the day. She loves it, and when I can get her to give it up, I do too. Its beautiful!
Gorgeous sweater ruana
I wear this all the time. Its beautiful and high quality. I also have it in blue. Its warm, cozy, soft. And youll get compliments when you wear this beautiful wrap.
Celinda Jaco Alpaca apparel
"When I was a little girl I loved playing at having a trade and I enjoyed making things with my hands. Now as a grownup I get to do it for real!"
Popular Wraps and Ruanas
Red and Multi-Color Striped Acrylic Knit Ruana, "Desert Strata"$49.99
Alfredo Falcon of Peru designs this striped acrylic blend ruana with bold colors and a mixture of geometric motifs. A touch of baby alpaca gives adds to the ruana's warmth and feel. Lightweight, the ruana makes a wonderful layering piece.
Alfredo Falcon learned the craft of weaving from his parents, who learned from their parents before them. He says, “We have been a family devoted to the world of textiles for generations. I use modern colors, but I remain true to Incan and colonial motifs.”
100% Alpaca Wool Ruana Light Red Black Floral Motif Peru, "Floral Romance in Light Red"$154
Growing up in the mountains of Peru, Ana Fernandez acquired an interest in the process of designing and crafting natural fiber attire at a young age. She presents this cozy ruana, which is knit from 100% alpaca wool using the jacquard technique. Featuring floral patterns in light red and black, this piece is reversible, inverting its color scheme to fit different moods.
Reversible Alpaca Blend Ruana in Navy and Kelly Green, "Andean Vistas"$124.95
Inspired by the colors of Amazonian rainforests and the ancient weaving traditions of the Altiplano, Peru’s Isidoro C’cahuantico designs this inviting alpaca-blend ruana. The ombré hues deepen from kelly green to dark navy on one side, and reverse from navy to green on the other.
Mayura Wool Blend Wrap with Peacock Motif, "Mayura Sapphire"$99.95
The peacock, or in Sanskrit, is an auspicious bird in Hindu mythology and its feathers are good luck symbols in cultures around the world. Here the iridescent sheen of a peacock’s feathers is captured in a sapphire blue wool blend wrap.