Welcome to NOVICA's Jacket 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 Jackets
This beautiful jacket was a gift to myself. Its detail is lovely and I enjoy wearing it on special occasions.
Wonderfully crafted, warm & very soft, love it!
I was amazed how quickly my jacket arrived. It was wrapped so nicely in a gauzy white bag.It s well made with good details. The zippers on the sleeves are a nice embellishment.The lambskin is warm and very soft. Wonderfully crafted. Fits great. I love it!
Flashback for my mother
As soon as I saw this jacket, it reminded me of a sweater that my mother wore as a teenager, so nostalgic!! It is absolutely beautiful and extremely well made. Even the zipper fob has so much character. She LOVES it and looks beautiful wearing it!! She receives compliments every time she wears it too.
Hand Crafted Indian Indigo Cotton jacket, "Indigo Beauty"$99.95
Indian artisan Aftab excels at dabu printing, a traditional craft of the Rajasthani village Akola that dates back to the 8th century AD. Here he uses the hand-block printed, mud-resist dabu technique in a natural indigo dye to create a lightly quilted cotton jacket. It features a crisp piping detail along the collar and no-fastener front.
Boteh Embroidered Silk Jacket, "Boteh Garden"
, mango leaf, even Welsh pear--the pattern most commonly known as paisley in the West goes by many different names. The teardrop-shaped, abstract floral comes in infinite variations, and here they're embroidered on an elegant jacket made of raw silk. The fully-lined jacket features split sleeves that can be folded back.
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.
Long Handwoven Burgundy & Blue Ikat Cotton Duster Jacket, "Kartini Burgundy"$109.95
By Ully, this long, open duster jacket is woven by hand in burgundy and blue using the ikat technique, in which the threads are tie-dyed before placing them on the loom. The Javanese artisan names her design Kartini, for a beloved pioneer for women's rights in Indonesia.
Due to the hand-dyed and handwoven nature of ikat, patterns or position of motifs may vary from garment to garment, making each a unique work of art. The overall color scheme will remain the same.