Alpaca Apparel(539 items)
Welcome to Novica's Alpaca Clothing and Accessories Gallery. Handcrafted of Peruvian Alpaca, our fine clothing and accessories collections will make you feel warm and stylish in even the coldest of months.
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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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Featured Reviews on Alpaca Apparel
I sent one to me stepdaughter and decided to get one for myself but in a different color. It s fantastic.
So cozy and comforting
I started to wear this during some cold, wet weather, a pandemic and political chaos. It is so warm and comforting I cant take it off. Light but so cozy, I love it. I have had a number of alpaca cardigans, but I love this best of all.
Even nicer than expected!
Beautifully made. The photo doesn t do it justice. It is reversible, soft, elegant and warm. Not at all itchy. Nothing similar is available in Manhattan s boutiques or in New York s high-end department stores. Flattering on all. Will hide a big bust, belly or bottom. Love it!
Popular Alpaca Apparel
Tri-Color Suede Trimmed 100% Baby Alpaca Ruana from Peru, "Majestic Combination"$225
Combining ivory, turquoise, and tangerine, Stefano Basso weaves an elegant and versatile ruana cloak. He works with luxurious baby alpaca, the fine fleece from the season's first shearing. Cozy, warm and beautiful, it features suede trim on the borders.
Blue Baby Alpaca Blend Cardigan Sweater, "Eminence in Blue"$109.99
Soft baby alpaca wool, the fine fleece from the season's first shearing, makes this long cardigan sweater a favorite. Peruvian artisan Wilber Calapuja designs the pretty sweater, which is knit from a blend of baby alpaca, polyamide and merino wool. The heathered blue cardigan features a feminine mixed pointelle and cable knit pattern and ribbed cuffs and hem. A button front and two patch pockets complete the design.
Alpaca Blend Wine and Purple Ruana with Scarf, "Peruvian Wildflower in Red"$149.95
Versatile with lightweight warmth, this reversible alpaca-blend cloak is great for travel in changeable climates. Modeled after the Andean ruana, a traditional style of draped cloak, its pattern of flowers in boysenberry-purple and burgundy is inspired by the wildlife of the Peruvian mountainside. The generous attached scarf and button front keep you warm when winds pick up.
Knit 100% Alpaca Pullover Sweater in Antique White from Peru, "Playful Ivory"$159
Designed by Fernando Cano in Peru, this pullover sweater celebrates the majesty of alpaca wool. Knit from 100% alpaca, this pullover displays a solid color in antique white. The neck, bottom, and wrists are accentuated by colorful patterns.
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