Caftans Clothing(48 items)
Welcome to NOVICA's Caftans 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 Caftans Clothing
I thought this was a top but when I tried it on it turned out being the cutest little dress. Comfortable and cool. Great for a hot day. Of course it can be worn with leggings as well.
Light weight and comfortable, this is the perfect wrap for summer. The strawberry and turquoise accents add a splash of 60s color. Color, comfort and fun. my friend loves hers.
Popular Caftans Clothing
Blue and White Diamond-Shaped Tasseled Cotton Caftan, "Blue Resort"$25.99
Indian artisan Aftab creates a beautiful caftan that's ideal for resort wear. The cotton top is rich in design with a diamond-shaped floral motif and whimsical tassels adhered to the sleeves and neckline. Slip this over a swimsuit as a cover-up or belt it for a summer look.
Screen Printed Turquoise Cotton Caftan from India, "Diamonds Are Forever"$29.99
Keep yourself cool on summer days wearing this breezy caftan designed by Indian artisan Aftab. Hand crafted from cool, comfortable cotton, the caftan features a white diamond pattern on a turquoise base. The artisan adds a beaded drawstring tassel that cinches at the waist and pretty sap green trim.
Grey Black and Orange Beaded Tassel Cotton Kaftan, "Magical Bliss"$25.99
Aftab creates a stylish and comfortable short kaftan. Attractive ikat-inspired motifs in white, black and grey come to life as silkscreen prints. A band of orange graces the bottom of the tunic. The drawstring waist makes the fit adjustable and culminates in orange beaded tassels.
Hand Crafted Printed Cotton Caftan from India, "Leaves in Sunshine"$29.99
Keep yourself cool on summer days wearing this breezy caftan designed by Indian artisan Aftab. Hand crafted from cool, comfortable cotton, the caftan features a swirling leaf motif in grey and white on a bright yellow base. The artisan adds a beaded drawstring tassel that cinches at the waist and pretty cerulean trim.