Tunics Clothing(280 items)
Welcome to NOVICA's Tunics 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 Tunics Clothing
By James M
My wife thought this item was just perfect: lightweight, comfortable, and pretty style. The color has subtle vibrancy.
Beautifully hand made. Well sewn and I like the double fabric. Very soft material. The embroidery is stunning. The package was so carefully wrapped and contained a hand written note on a scenic local postcard. From Vietnam to Ohio in 7 days! Unbelievable!
I could wear it every day!
This tunic is very well made and light weight. I love to wear it on hot days when I walk my dog -- I stay cool and protected from the sun. The embroidery is really pretty and I love that the sleeves go to the wrist and have a little elastic at the end.
"My designs are youthful and unique. I love every bit of my work. The challenges, effort and victories are what keep me going."
Popular Tunics Clothing
Embroidered Mughal Tunic, "Mughal Mystery"$67.99
The 17th-century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, best known for erecting the Taj Mahal, built Delhi's Red Fort as his capital in 1648. Its intricate architectural details have inspired artists ever since, including the designer of this heavily embroidered all-cotton tunic. The dramatic tunic features ivory soutache embroidery at the neckline, cuffs and hem, as well as glistening white sequins.
Embroidered Green Viscose Tunic, "Viridian Beauty"$49.95
Viridian viscose becomes an elegant tunic in the talented hands of India's Anchal Ahuja. The softly-draping tunic features a tone-on-tone embroidered yoke with a notched neckline and button placket. Embroidery and antiqued metal buttons also add interest to the cuffs.
Fuchsia and Purple Batik Rayon Tunic from Bali, "Balinese Twilight"$99.95
Perfect for covering up during temperate seasons, this lovely tunic is created by Wayan Arta and Sharon in Bali. They craft the long top from rayon, decorated using the batik method in vibrant fuchsia, lilac, and violet tones with elegant vine motifs.
White Cotton Blouse with Beadwork and Pintucks, "Udaipur Lake"$59.95
A sheer delight for warm-weather style, this 3/4-sleeve tunic from Jay Kumar Maheswari is at once breezy and tailored. Pintuck pleats add texture and shaping, while an angled hem lends a relaxed look. The blouse is accented with tiny beads along the neckline, bodice and cuffs. 100% cotton.
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