Moroccan caftans 2021
Moroccan Kaftans 2021
The Moroccan caftan has become fashionable throughout dynasties and continents. This basic garment as we know it has played a key role in dressing sultans, generals and nobles for many centuries.
The true origins or perhaps even the genesis of this garment are shrouded in mystery. Some claim it belongs to the Ottoman Empire (based on the appellation), while others attribute it to Moroccan, West African or even Asian cultures.
At first, the Moroccan caftan was entirely reserved for the royal family. Only the kings of the Marinid dynasty wore these tunics cut by Moroccan “Maalem” (fabric manufacturers). On some occasions, they sent caftans made from brocade to the Ottoman sultans at their coronation. This form of dress would later become the norm under the Saadian dynasty.
Nowadays, the traditional Moroccan caftan is a one-piece dress in silk, wool, cotton, velvet or even synthetic fabrics, and exclusively worn by women. This dress usually comes with a belt, either in matching fabric or in skali (metallic thread) in silver or gold.
Different styles and designs of Kaftan
The Moroccan caftan has managed to gain worldwide fame for its effortless elegance and glamor. In fact, it has been featured in the haute couture fashion collections of high-end brands like Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and Christian Dior - to name a few.
The Moroccan caftan with its tags and attributes will continue to evolve around the world until the end of the previous decade. From exotic and bohemian clothing to haute couture, jet-set and orientalist fashion, to resort and cruise clothing.
Besides the Western and European assessment of the evolution of the caftan through the decades, the progression of this garment in Morocco is another type of story. Here we call upon the critically acclaimed fashion designers Naeem Khan and Elie Saab to stay as true to the image of the Moroccan caftan as possible.
Their intricate one-piece and two-piece dresses with elaborate detailing and intricate embroidery brought this garment to red carpets and beyond.
In Morocco, each region has adopted the minimalist silhouette of the caftan in making something more sophisticated and reflecting the customs and traditions of the region. Consequently, this ramification resulted in three main divergences concerning the stylistic choices of this
Where to buy Kaftan
The Moroccan Kaftan has preserved its ancestral roots, namely the know-how of weaving, embroidery, working with gold and silver thread, as well as the art of beading.
Although the shape of the caftan has changed from a loose, flared fit to a more tailored fit, the essence of this garment remains unchanged. Contemporary Moroccan fashion designers still incorporate many of the intricacies of tailoring and fabric assembly that their ancestors left behind.
Nowadays, the Moroccan caftan has become a modern, elegant, easy to wear but luxurious garment, a symbol of opulence and prestige all the same. If you are interested in acquiring one for yourself, you might want to wander through the souks and medinas of Morocco for an authentic Moroccan caftan. Fez is your must-see city for Kaftan shopping.
If the souk scene is too much for you, you can visit the djellaba-shop website in any Moroccan mall or mall. They have everything from Djellabas and Jabadors to caftans, kaftan, Takchitas and even scarves. If you are looking for a more casual and relaxed kaftan (for everyday wear), you might like this blue or white beach kaftan.
For more special Kaftans, there is the purple one embroidered with gold: this style is known as farasha or butterfly since the sleeves are fully open. But if you want to stay as true to the Moroccan Kaftan as possible, this green and silver Kaftan retains that traditional and authentic look.