Women's Head Strap Accessories(60 items)
Welcome to NOVICA's Women's Head Strap Accessories Collection designed and crafted for you by talented artisans worldwide.
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Hand-washing and dry cleaning are the most common ways to care for and clean shawls. Many of our alpaca shawls specifically indicate dry-cleaning or hand-washing with cold water. Because shawls are delicate, a garment bag is a good way to prevent damage. Avoid direct sunlight and high heat. As always, it is important to follow the care instructions specific to the fabric of your shawl.
The great thing about shawls is that they are versatile. One can find a shawl for every season. Warmth is often based on the tightness of the weave and the type of material used. Alpaca fiber is known for its thermal capacity and provides an optimal degree of warmth. Sheep wool also acts as an insulator, absorbing moisture and creating a feeling of coziness for the wearer. Shawls made of cashmere and pashmina are light and thin, yet still provide a high degree of warmth. In Mexico, shawls made from San Juan Chamula sheep keep one warm and comfortable.
Comfort is always a question of preference, but certain fabrics lend themselves to softness and warmth. Shawls from the Andes are made from super soft alpaca fibers, and provide wearers a high level of comfort. Similarly, in Thailand and Bali, silk shawls are always favorites. Depending on ones climate, particular shawls may be preferable. Central American shawls made from cotton and rayon keep wearers cool in warm climates, whereas bamboo and acrylic shawls are great for cold weather. During hot summers, Indian shawls made of modal, silk, and viscose are a perfect option, and merino wool and cashmere are ideal for winter. West Africa stands by the luxurious comfort of their 100% cotton shawls, and Mexico prioritizes comfort with their beautiful wool designs.
It depends on what you mean by handmade. We support artisans who work in the ancient traditions of their ancestors, crafting items by hand, with patience and love. But techniques vary among shawl makers. Embroidery, hand-painting, stitching, and sewing are often part of the process. Some artisans do use power looms when crafting their shawls, but even in those instances, there is no mega-factory or mass production line behind the garment. The beauty, creativity, and inspiration for each shawl comes from the artists own heart. Our product descriptions will always specify if an item is hand-woven, hand-knit, or otherwise.
The shawl comes to us full of history, culture, and heritage. Each region invests its shawls with different symbols, patterns, and designs. Some shawls, like those in West Africa and the Andes, feature linear and geometric shapes, clean lines and patterns that have been passed down through the centuries. In Bali, we find elaborate batik designs, a technique that makes use of alternating dye and wax to block color. In Central America, embroidered and woven shawls incorporate designs inspired by corn, butterflies, and birds. Floral patterns are very popular in Indian shawls, particularly in pashminas from Kashmir. Gujarati shawls often depict geometric shapes, and artisans increasingly incorporate contemporary designs through hand-painted fabric. Thailand also integrates floral patterning, often using the yok dok technique, a brocade style that leaves the fabric slightly raised. This emphasis on brocade is also evident in Mexican shawls, with lavish designs in the form of frets, flowers and geometric figures, all inspired by pre-Hispanic cultures.
Fibers, dyes, and fabrics come together in innovative, unique ways during the creation of a shawl. Different regions rely on resources that are readily available and have cultural significance. In West Africa, 100% cotton and rayon frequently make their appearances in shawls. In Bali and Thailand, soft silk lends a luxuriousness to the shawl. Central American artisans incorporate bamboo rayon, while India makes use of wool and silk. Mexico boasts an array of vibrant natural and cotton yarn dyes, and artisans from the Andes weave shawls out of soft alpaca fiber.
Throughout the world, the shawl is considered a venerated garment, made by hand from techniques passed down through generations. The methods for making traditional shawls vary as widely as the regions from which they come. But most employ some method of hand knitting or weaving on a loom. In the Andes, for example, crocheting and flat weaving on a treadle loom are common techniques. In Central America, backstrap and foot looms are popular with artisans. In Bali, one finds intricate sewing, in addition to weaving. And in India and Thailand, practices of hand-painting fabric, batik, and the use of natural dyes are intimately tied to the creation of shawls.
Featured Reviews on Women's Head Strap Accessories
These are sharp looking. Black contrast on off-white is pleasant to the eye. Comfortable & wash well.
Ties stay on better than ear loops
Ties that go behind the head keep a mask on much better than do ear loops. When I need a mask to stay on tightly for long periods, I wear these masks. They are also of heavy material that will help keep viruses out!
Large, comfy & reversible
3 masks made of soft cotton arrived in a lovely drawstring, fabric pouch. Masks fit well over my average sized adult face, and their elastic loops are comfy over the ears. FYI, the masks are reversible, but the length of the ear loops are NOT adjustable. Would make a nice stocking stuffer. :)
Popular Women's Head Strap Accessories
3 Contoured Blue & Grey Print Double Cotton Masks, "Pretty Prints and Paisley"$19.99
Two different shades of blue complement a grey paisley print. Light blue paisley and a dark blue nature motif complete this set of three cotton face masks. Crafted by Ully, each features elastic to stretch around the head for all-day wear. All three are double-layered and are washable and reusable, with an opening so you may insert a protective layer of tissue or paper towels.
2 Handwoven 2-Layer Black Cotton Elastic Headband Face Masks, "Zapotec Midnight"$23.99
Solid black cotton is woven on a backstrap loom to become a pair of attractive face masks with unique handwoven textures. Artisans from Creative Hands of Oaxaca craft the contoured masks with elastic bands to stretch around the head. They are double-layered and are both washable and reusable.
2 Ties-On Dark Blue Cotton Denim 3-Layer Unisex Face Masks, "Blue Denim Classic"$14.99
A perpetual classic, blue denim goes everywhere and with everything. Maura Parra designs two cotton face masks, contoured for comfort and fit. Each is fully lined and features a moisture-resistant interfacing for a total of three layers of fabric. The pair is both washable and reusable, with cords to tie around the head.
2-Layer Ivory and Brown Cotton Face Masks (Pair), "Chocolate Kisses"$19.99
Chocolate dots march across two ivory face masks by Maria Cristina Martinez. She works in ivory cotton and creates the motifs with embroidery. Fully lined, they are washable and reusable, and feature elastic headbands for comfort.
Placement of the motifs can vary but the fabric will be the same.