Silk Clothing(46 items)
Welcome to NOVICA's Silk Clothing 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 Silk Clothing
This beautiful jacket was a gift to myself. Its detail is lovely and I enjoy wearing it on special occasions.
Beautiful Swim Suit Cover Up
My wife loves the beautiful colors and pattern of this sarong and uses it regularly as a swim suit cover up whenever we go to a pool or vacation by water. Its proven to be durable too!
Hari and Arthur Batik apparel and decor accents
"For me, the key to success is to be brave, strong, willing and honest."
Popular Silk Clothing
Boteh Embroidered Silk Jacket, "Boteh Garden"
, mango leaf, even Welsh pear--the pattern most commonly known as paisley in the West goes by many different names. The teardrop-shaped, abstract floral comes in infinite variations, and here they're embroidered on an elegant jacket made of raw silk. The fully-lined jacket features split sleeves that can be folded back.
Black Beaded Gota Embroidery Cotton Blend Tunic from India, "Midnight Jewels"
A shimmering black cotton and silk blend becomes a beautiful blouse by Isha Jain. Intricate embroidery combines with beads and sequins to surround the sleeves and neckline, while a wide band trims the front hem. Similar to appliqué, gota embroidery involves adding a different fabric to the background to create new textures.
Embellished Silk Tunic Blouse from India, "Grand Sapphire"
Isha Jain selects shimmering sapphire blue for the design of this elegant tunic in dupioni silk. Originating in India, dupioni silk is of middle weight and features slubs that are a natural result of cocoons being spun together. Jain's design features lurex piping on the v-neck and cuffs of the ¾ length sleeves. The tunic is embellished with discreet patterns embroidered with golden sequins and glass beads.
Chanderi Tunic Hand Block Printed Cotton Silk Blend, "Tangerine Temptress"
Boldly elegant in tangerine, this tunic by India's Isha Jain exalts the legendary beauty of fabric. A 100% silk warp is combined with a 100% cotton weft, resulting in crisp, glossy sheer textures. Jain masters hand-block printing techniques in a darker shade of tangerine to adorn the tunic with floral and leafy patterns, and a dark brown hue for the neckline, sleeve cuff and lower panel. Fuchsia silk taping trims the cuffs and hemline. Featuring lateral side slits and three-quarter length sleeves, the tunic closes with two concealed hook-and-eye closures and is lined with cotton. fabric can be traced back to Vedic times; however, it was not until the 1970's that the cotton and silk blend fabric was developed. textures are somewhat crisp.