Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Kaftans are long flowing robes or gowns. Often they are garments with long sleeves, and plenty of space to move. The modern Kaftan has become an essential part of the beachwear wardrobe, sleek, fashionable and easy to wear. Comfortable yet elegant, these kaftans are specially designed as lounge wear for all-day comfort at home. Generally, embellished with intricate embroidered work in pleasing designs, they manage to look smart enough to be worn for casual family gatherings in the living room, or even for an afternoon tea session in the garden. Also called muumuus or house, these are specially suited for plus sized women.

Originally the Kaftan was worn by men in the Near East, for example Turkey, the word "kaftan" originates from the Turkish "q-aftan". The original kaftans would have been worn with sleeves longer than the hands and tied with a sash or belt. Today Kaftans are typically worn by women, practical and stylish the garment has evolved into an elegant member of the luxury resort wear collection.

Patterns & Colors
Caftans or Kaftans are beautiful evening gowns with delightful wraps and stoles. Distinctive and elegant in their appearance, most of the Caftan gowns are hand embroidered and easy on all body types. Designers work with a mix of fabrics, colors and embroidery patterns to create kaftans that reflect authenticity, sophistication, and fluid lines. Suitable for both formal and semi-formal occasions, Ladies Kaftans are available from Petite sizes to Plus sizes. The motifs are traditional and contemporary, abstract, geometric and floral. The cool combinations for the summer season & warm-color schemes for the winter are specially created to match the mood of the seasons.

The Caftan is woven in a large variety of colors and traditional styles, with intricate embroidery inherited from great fashionable civilizations. The fabrics used both for clothing and furnishing kaftans are woven by craftsmen according to designs prepared by artists. There are three main types of fabrics used to make ladies kaftans, woven, knitted and non-woven. Preference is given to embroidered fabrics, silk polyester fabrics, brocade fabrics, satin fabrics, nylon fabrics, crepe fabrics and cotton fabrics.