Indian Clothing(565 items)
Welcome to NOVICA's Indian Clothing Collection designed and crafted for you by talented artisans from India.
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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 Indian Clothing
Comfy BoHo Chic
These are simply made but very comfortable and give a classy casual look. I think for spring and summer outings, sandals will do, but in cooler weather a long sleeve top with short boots will be a good look as well.
By James M
My wife thought this item was just perfect: lightweight, comfortable, and pretty style. The color has subtle vibrancy.
By ELAINE C
A wardrobe favourite !!
I love this exquisitely crafted tunic with its comfortable fabric, flattering cutting and charming embroidery. The colour reminds me of the ocean and it will make a great summer travel outfit....thank you so much for this beautiful creation!!!
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Light Blue Embroidered Viscose Blouse, "Jaipur Chic"$47.99
Enzyme-washed viscose in sky blue provides a backdrop for the stunning embroidery on this blouse from India's Anchal Ahuja. The dark blue embroidery adorns the sleeveless top's keyhole necklace, back yoke, and hem. A drawstring at the waist allows you to adjust the fit as desired. The artisan adds wooden beads to the ties at the neck and waist for bohemian flair.
Embroidered Open Jacket in Midnight Blue, "Boho Beauty"$74.95
Mixed prints in white and light pink on midnight blue become a stylish open jacket with bohemian flair. Designed by India's Anchal Ahuja, the jacket features a handkerchief hem and sleeves and a lavishly embroidered neckline and front placket with accents of red and green as well as tiny mirrored discs.
Pink Floral Print Cotton Maxi Dress, "Floral Fantasy"$54.99
A pretty mix of prints in carnation pink, melon and pistachio cover this appealing empire waist maxi dress from Aftab in India. The long, flowy cotton dress features three-quarter length sleeves, a v-neckline, and ties at the side to adjust the fit. Feels like loungewear, but looks pretty enough for a garden party!
Cotton Patchwork Jacket with Kantha Stitching, "Floral Fusion"$99.99
Traditional Indian stitchwork in fuchsia and white makes this patchwork jacket a piece of wearable art. Designed by Jay Kumar Maheswari, the 100% cotton multicolored jacket features a medley of botanical print fabrics in shades of green, red, yellow, black, white, rust, and beige accented by black piping. Long sleeves carry this wardrobe staple from season to season, with patch pockets and slits on both the jacket hem and sleeves.