Short to long and every length in-between can be found in our collection of handmade and handcrafted skirts. Plain or patterned our unique skirts are perfect for any occasion. From classic to bohemian, you will find a skirt to match your style as you explore our global collection of artisan skirts.
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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 Skirts
Was very pleased with this skirt...even more beautiful than the photo can show, nice sturdy material and wonderful craftsmanship. Thank you!
The most beautiful skirt I have ever owned!!!
Words cannot even express how excited I was to receive this skirt after searching for one like this all year to replace my favorite skirt Ive worn out after 12+ years. But, when I opened the box, I was absolutely blown away because not only is it everything my old favorite skirt was (stretches to fit multiple sizes, comfy, long and easy to pack) but it is by far the most beautiful skirt I have ever owned!! Plus, it is obviously so well made I am hopeful it will last far more than 12 years!!!!
Chomsuda Samana Batik apparel and accessories
"When I look back at my decision to not go abroad, I don't regret it at all. If I had left Thailand, there'd have been no one to continue the batik work that my mother truly loves."
"My mother began working in batik in 1973, and I learned the techniques of textile dyeing, waxed drawing, and color combination from... read more
Black Bandhani Skirt, "Black Bandhani"$59.99
Bandhani is a tie-dyeing technique practiced mainly in western India. Intricate patterns are created by wrapping the fabric with string before dyeing it. When the fabric is untied, natural patterns appear in the places where the string prevented the dye from taking hold. Bandhani cloth is often used for women's shawls, but here the technique is adapted for a silky maxi skirt. Made of a black knit viscose rayon, the skirt drapes beautifully and features an elastic waistband for comfort.
Embroidered White Cotton Skirt from India, "White Innocence"$47.99
Designed by Shalabh in India, this skirt is at once elegant and innocent. Local artisans craft the skirt from flirty white cotton, sewn into four layers with an elastic waistband. Intricate floral embroidery decorates the bottom two layers, while lacework separates them.