Embellished Clothing(185 items)
Welcome to NOVICA's Embellished 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. Novica’s 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 robe’s 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 1700’s, 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 Embellished Clothing
Loving this dress
This dress is made very well. It fits beautifully and the colours and embroidery are lovely. The fabric is also very light and cool - perfect for the summer. Thank you Ramesh.
This top is absolutely beautiful. When I tried it on, it just felt so soft and it had a wonderful flow to it. I love the choice of color combination and the stitching design. Thank you so much for making such a lovely top. Vicki
Attractive to the eye
This is a great shaped blouse. It has the loose quality that makes it appear relaxing while the embroidery gave it a dressy accent. It has an impressive look when worn.
Popular Embellished Clothing
Blue and Taupe Women's Rayon Sundress, "Blue Fusion"$54.99
A rich fusion of ultramarine, navy and taupe 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.
Embroidered Silk Blend Patchwork Jacket, "Patchwork"$144.95
It’s easy to see why the intricate designs and rich colors of Indian textiles have been dazzling the world for over 5,000 years. This lively patchwork of hand-cut silk and rayon in teal hues conjures the brilliant saris that are a staple of Indian women’s fashion and the basis for so many creatively upcycled works of art. Lightweight and unlined.
Himalayan Floral Embroidered Lyocell Rayon Shirt, "Himalayan Meadow"
Fresh and feminine, this pretty shirt is embellished with floral embroidery on the front as well as on the cuffs. The top is crafted from deep denim blue lyocell rayon to go with just about anything. Whether you dress this top up or down, it is sure to turn heads.