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What is the history and origin of caftans ?
The caftan originated in Mesopotamia and was quickly adopted by many groups in the Middle East, Africa and Southwest Asia.
His pronunciation (kaf & # x27;-tan) has changed remarkably little over time, despite his distant journey through history. Over the centuries, Jewish and Russian cultures also adopted the caftan and quickly adapted it to their own designs.
Historically, some cultures reserved caftans exclusively for royalty. In Ottoman society, for example, only sultans were high enough to wear them.
Moroccan caftans were originally reserved for male judges, but women, sensitive to comfort and style, began to claim these dresses for themselves over time.
The timeless Moroccan Kaftan
There are two basic styles, kaftans and takchitas.
Kaftan is usually a single piece, a long, loose and long-sleeved dress. A wide belt is added to fit the body of the person.
The takchitas are composed of two pieces, with a lower part consisting of a simple short-sleeved dress, and a more richly decorated long-sleeved part that covers it and is then belted like a caftan.
Kaftans and takchitas can be made of silk, cotton or modern synthetic fabrics, and can be of a single color, multiple colors, or even bold patterns like flowers or cashmere.
It can be borders on the edge of the fabric, circular or linear decorative patterns, or more complex patterns. Glitter, rhinestones, beads and even real jewelry can be added to give sparkle.
The belt is important to ensure a good hold and highlight the colors and details of the caftan.
Usually gold or silver in color, it can be made of braided cords or flexible metal strips.