Mexican Clothing(55 items)
Welcome to NOVICA's Mexican Clothing Collection designed and crafted for you by talented artisans from Mexico.
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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 Review on Mexican Clothing
Handmade Beauty !!
The poncho is EXACTLY as pictured, and solid/ not too thin not too think. Perfect length (does not hit the knee lenght - more hip length). The pattern that runs on the side is gorgeous that it highlights in subtle way the beautiful weaving. Love the knots at the end too. Do not think twice about getting this. Many coworkers wanted to know where I got it. Keep it going Petrona !
Petrona Gomez Backstrap loom handwoven apparel and accessories
"I love to see my hands interweaving threads dyed in different colors and watching them become a beautiful piece of apparel that's a delight for the eyes."
"I still remember the advice she gave me while weaving. She'd say, 'You... read more
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White and Flame Embroidered Cotton Blouse from Mexico, "Flame Delight"
Embroidered by hand, delightful patterns in flame decorate the neckline of this sleeveless blouse from Mexico. Manuela Gomez designs this blouse, which she weaves by hand from white cotton on the traditional backstrap loom.
Beige Cotton Blouse with Traditional Red Embroidery, "San Cristobal Tradition"
Artisan Manuela Gomez in Mexico designs and crafts this pretty blouse in a traditional style. The sleeveless blouse is made from beige cotton that was hand woven on a waist loom. The slightly squared neckline of the top is adorned with rows of mixed embroidery stitches in brick red. Soft pleats beneath the front and back yokes give the blouse a feminine, swingy shape.
Floral Embroidered Cotton Blouse from Mexico, "Floral Summer"
For an attractive and cool addition to your wardrobe, this blouse is designed by Fidelia Hernandez of Mexico. She crafts the blouse of white cotton, decorated on the front yoke with beautiful floral embroidery in orange and turquoise. A cascading of pleats falls below, and the sleeves are cinched with tasseled ties.
Hand Embroidered White and Yellow Cotton Oaxaca Style Blouse, "Golden Oaxaca Blossoms"
Graceful vines host flowers in golden yellow. Inspired by the classic Oaxaca dresses popular in the 1960s and '70s, artists from sierra embroidery create a beautiful blouse with boho chic. Hand-embroidery on the yoke and button cuffs contrasts with the cool black cotton top. It slips over the head and ties at the neck.
Because each one is crafted by a talented artisan, the colors or their placement can vary slightly according to the artist's creative inspiration. This makes your blouse a unique work of art.