Cotton Clothing(996 items)
Welcome to NOVICA's Cotton 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.
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Marigold Yellow Off-Shoulder Maxi Dress, "Marigold Muse"$39.99
This lovely maxi dress from Indian designer Shashi Sehgal is a standout, with its bold yellow color and off-shoulder styling. The bodice of the dress is crafted of dobby weave cotton, while the skirt is a plain weave. The comfortable dress features an elasticized neckline, waist and cuffs. Pair the dress with bold statement earrings and a clutch for a memorable look.
Ombre Fade Knit Cotton Blend Pullover Sweater from Peru, "Sunset in Spring"$99.95
Knit from a cotton and viscose blend, this feminine pullover evokes the colors of spring. Intricate chevron and stripe patterns are diligently incorporated into the fibers. Peruvian artisan Patricia Lopez creates this pullover, which is dyed in ombre tones of lavender and marigold.
Black Polyester Handkerchief Hem Embroidered Dress, "Dazzling Midnight"$99.99
Characterized by a striking handkerchief hem, this flowing coal-black polyester dress is designed by Anchal Ahuja and crafted in India. The front and back yokes are embellished with hand embroidery and delicate glass beadwork in shades of blue, orange, olive green and brown. The dress features three-quarter length sleeves and a V neck with two buttons, as well as a zipper on the back and a black cotton lining.
Lily of the Incas Button-Front Red Cotton Blouse, "Lily of the Incas in Red"$69.95
The colorful genus of flowers known as "lily of the Incas" is the inspiration for the hand-embroidered design of this organic cotton blouse. Peruvian artisans hand-stitch a handful of petite flowers along with a wealth of soutache embroidery and crocheted lace details at the bust and cuffs. Button-and-loop closures and a V-neck collar make this blouse perfect for work or weekends.