Our unique collection of pants in cotton, linen, rayon, viscose, and sustainable blends includes shorts, jumpsuits and yoga gear. Whatever your style, from classic to bohemian, you will find the perfect handmade and handcrafted artisan pants for any occasion.
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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 Pants
Happy I ordered
Well designed and the material is soft. Very comfortable. Much nicer than I expected, It was hard to judge by the photo. Shop owner is definitely a wonderful seamstress
The color is beautiful.
I love these pants! The elastic waist makes them very comfortable, and the detail on the legs is beautiful.
Lovely, comfortable shorts
There is so much to love about these shorts -- beautiful colors (mostly blues with some red), soft fabric, well-crafted. I bought both the S and M sizes, intending to keep the one that fit better. For my 54, 125-lb body (usually wear a US 4-6), the M was a better fit. ALSO: the items I have purchased from NOVICA have come in beautiful cloth drawstring bags (so far). Use them as lingerie or shoe bags when traveling, gift bags, etc. Due diligence: In a perfect world, they would be a little longer - the inseam is 2 3/4 on the size M. (WHY doesnt this site include inseam measurement?) An inseam of 5-6 would be perfect, and Id order it in every other color it might come in. the longer length would make them a little more versatile in my everyday life. Also: the elastic waist is also quite wide - 2 -- Id prefer it narrower, but can live with it. However, all these comments are personal preferences, and they really are nice shorts.
Purple Peacock Motif Batik Wide Leg Cotton Crop Pants, "Peacock Passion in Purple"$109.99
Summery and fashion-forward, these wide-leg cropped pants are designed by Akkharaphon in Thailand. Amethyst purple at the top transitions to a dramatic hand-painted batik peacock motif at the bottom. The lightweight cotton culottes feature an elastic-back waist with a drawstring for comfort.
Peacock Batik Print Wide Leg Cropped Cotton Pants, "Peacock Passion in Blue"$109.99
Summery and fashion-forward, these wide-leg cropped pants are by Akkharaphon in Thailand. Solid Caribbean blue at the top transitions to a dramatic hand-painted batik peacock motif at the bottom. The lightweight cotton culottes feature an elastic-back waist with a drawstring for comfort.
Handmade Black and White Rayon Shorts from Indonesia, "Weekend Getaway"
Enjoy an exotic twist on casual style with these handmade 100% rayon shorts from Hari and Arthur. Printed with a woven leaf design, the black and white shorts feature side pockets and a drawstring elasticized waist for ultimate comfort.
Batik Rayon Shorts in Midnight and White from Bali, "Midnight Fall"$44.99
Inspired by fall, Balinese artisan Endah creates this elegant pair of shorts. Crafted from suave rayon, these shorts are decorated using the batik method; a wax resist is stamped by hand onto the fabric before it is treated with dye, resulting in a deep shade of midnight with snow white leaf and floral motifs. These shorts feature a drawstring around the waist and two pockets on the sides.