Clothing New Arrivals(61 items)
Explore NOVICA's collection of New Arrivals. From jewelry and fashion to paintings and home decor, you'll discover new works handcrafted by global artisans. Whether you're looking for your favorite artisan's latest creations or seeking to discover artisans that are new to the NOVICA family, you'll enjoy exploring our collection of New Arrivals.
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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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Popular Clothing New Arrivals
Printed Tunic with Hand-Embroidered Chikankari, "Jaipur Palace"$47.99
Inspired by the royal palaces of Jaipur, Rishab Tandon designs this eye-catching tunic with an intricate pattern. The artisan crafts the tunic from soft polyester, digitally printing the surface with a bright floral motif. Traditional Indian embroidery, or , covers the tunic with a raised floral pattern.
Braided Detail Ivory Alpaca Blend Poncho from Peru, "Natural Ivory"$164.99
This elegant poncho is the perfect piece for transitional weather. It's knitted in an alpaca blend in ivory and combines a cable knit pattern across the chest with vertical panels around the body for added structure. A turtleneck design means it will feel extra cozy.
Martin Lazarte first learned to work knitting machines while working at a textile factory. He moved on to work on his own, combining the technical knowledge he acquired with his own designs. Martin now serves in a local nonprofit that teaches other artisans the same skills he once learned as a young man to help them access better job opportunities.
Embroidered Laurel Green Cotton Blazer Jacket from Peru, "Andean Fields"$49.99
Dress up a pair of jeans or a simple t-shirt with this light cotton jacket. Antonio Cajahuanca creates it from laurel green cotton fabric and decorates it with embroidered floral designs.
Antonio grew up immersed in the textile tradition of his hometown, deep in the Andes mountains. As an adult, he decided to combine his skill and knowledge with those from his sisters and start a workshop. Their designs combine natural materials with novel styles and techniques, and draw inspiration from the culture and landscapes around them.
Pale Melon Orange Embroidered Cotton Tunic Top from Peru, "Sunset in Lima"$39.99
Take this beautiful tunic out on your next afternoon stroll. Antonio Cajahuanca designs and crafts the top from light, melon cotton fabric and decorates it with embroidered floral designs.
Antonio grew up immersed in the textile tradition of his hometown, deep in the Andes mountains. As an adult, he decided to combine his skill and knowledge with those from his sisters and start a workshop. Their designs combine natural materials with novel styles and techniques and draw inspiration from the culture and landscapes around them.
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