Brown Clothing(209 items)
Welcome to the Brown Clothing Collection at NOVICA, 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 Brown Clothing
Alpaca sweater was purchased as a birthday gift. I did have the package sent to me first so I could make sure it was the perfect gift. And it is! Beautiful and soft, I especially like the square decorative detail at the neck line and the bell sleeves create a feminine silhouette.
This top is beautifully-made with flexibility to dress up or down. The embroidery is well-done. The top is also very flattering for full-busted women altho this style is not usually so. It falls gracefully to the sides and is nicely slimming. The brown shades are lovely!
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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Museum-to-market Adjustable Sandals, "Museum to Market"
No matter how ambitious your itinerary, our supple and lightweight leather sandals from Naot® will keep you exploring in comfort from dawn to dusk. Even the bumpiest cobblestoned streets are no match for the nonskid soles. The natural cork footbed provides arch support and promotes better posture to help prevent fatigue. Rhinestone accents on the adjustable strap add a bit of subtle sparkle to these extraordinarily comfortable sandals.
Strappy Rayon Tie-Dyed Dress in Russet and Midnight, "Russet Fusion"$47.99
A rich fusion of russet and midnight blue create color harmony on this tie-dyed and screen printed sundress from Rakesh Rana in India. The cool, flowing rayon dress is embellished with traditional embroidery and features on-seam pockets on both sides. Adjustable straps allow for a perfect fit.
Women's Sheepskin and Leather Travel Shoes, "Comfortable Style"
Cozy slippers by Acorn® have been worn by NASA astronauts in orbit and sherpas at Mount Everest base camp. Fortunately, Acorn is just as good at designing comfortable footwear for more down-to-earth itineraries. These shoes' slip-on, metal-free design make them a perfect choice for smooth passage through airport security. The removable insole and EVA midsole offer lightweight performance and maximum cushioning so you can wear them all day. The moisture-wicking wool lining keeps feet comfortable, never too hot or too cold. Suede uppers are stain- and water-resistant, and the nonslip rubber outsole provides sure footing outdoors.
Moto Style Leather Jacket in Cinnamon, "Stylish Elegance"$179.99
Supple lambskin leather in cinnamon brown becomes a stunning jacket in the hands of Shamsher Ali in India. The on-trend moto styling and shapely princess-seamed silhouette make it a flattering addition to any closet. Fully lined, the jacket features a zipper closure, angled zipper pockets and zippers at the cuffs.