Wool Clothing(168 items)
Welcome to NOVICA's Wool 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 Wool Clothing
My wife loves this sweater!
Ive bought a lot of Andean knits at Novica for family members, and they are usually hits, but none has been as popular as this. Very dressy AND very comfy -- an unusual combination!
By Debra Ann
Love this cardigan
Warm, well designed and such lovely softness in the yarn. A tiny bit of care needed to avoid pulls, but I would not change a thing, it is so cosy and ready for any occasion whether casual or more formal. Thank you Pia!
I ve been wanting for years to find a wool cardigan from Ireland. Not a knock off. This sweater is so well made, beautiful and keeps me very warm. Every time I wear it I get so many compliments on it, even people I don t know. The size was a true fit. Love it
Alfredo Falcon Alpaca apparel and accessories
"When I was a small child, my parents began teaching me to knit. Like me, they learned them from their own parents. So we are a family devoted to the world of textile arts for generations."
"I come from a humble family of textile artisans and my first jobs were making sweaters that we sold later in a small store in Huaraz — an Andean city famous among tourists and mountain sportsmen. Everything went well until our town was hit by the earthquake of... read more
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Peruvian Alpaca Wool Blend Open Front Coat in Black, "Elegance in Black"$349.99
Artisan Tomas Sota loves sharing his alpaca designs because he feels that it is like sharing a piece of his Peruvian homeland. This beautiful black coat is crafted from a baby alpaca, the finest, softest fleece from the season’s first shearing, and wool blend. The alpaca and wool blend will keep you cozy and warm, while the open front design makes for easy on-and-off when you are on the go. The black satiny lining is made of a rayon and polyester blend.
South American Baby Alpaca Blend Open Front Coat in Caramel, "Elegance in Caramel"$349.99
Artisan Tomas Sota loves sharing his alpaca designs because he feels that it is like sharing a piece of his Peruvian homeland. This beautiful caramel brown coat is crafted from a blend of wool and baby alpaca, the finest, softest fleece from the season's first shearing. It will keep you cozy and warm, while the open front design makes for easy on-and-off when you are on the go. The satiny lining is a complementary golden brown shade.
Versatile Light Grey Cardigan in Soft Alpaca Blend from Peru, "Classic Chic"$129.99
In soft grey, the classic design of this cardigan makes it a versatile accessory for your winter wardrobe. Peru's Pia Zavala designs the alpaca blend cardigan featuring feminine lapels, long sleeves, and neat braided patterns.
Russet and Black Alpaca Blend Ruana from Peru, "Inca Afternoon in Russet"$139.99
Peruvian artisan Waldo Berrios draws inspiration from the textiles of the ancient Inca as he designs this feminine ruana. Knit from a luxuriously soft alpaca blend, this reversible ruana combines hues of russet and mahogany that create geometric swirl patterns along the shoulders and hems.