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Various Styles Of Wearing Kaftans

By Lisa Park

People around the world wear kaftans and the name given to this garment varies from place to place. West African people, both male and female wear kaftans in either formal or informal events. The French people call kaftans the boubou. Informal kaftans use mud cloth, tie-dye, batik and others for fabric while formal kaftans use cotton, silk, linen, and the like. There are different kinds of kaftans that can be seen all around the world with each having their own identity .

Kaftans are essentially long cloaks with full sleeves commonly reaching the ankles and worn with sashes. These costumes began in Istanbul, Turkey worn by the Ottoman sultans. The most valuable kaftans were given as rewards to notable and triumphant generals during significant religious celebrations. They could also be uncovered close to the Eastern Mediterranean area. If ever you go to Istanbul and stopover the Topkapi Palace, you can see few of the most valuable kaftan collected works.

Color, outline, ribbons, and embroideries that were made on the kaftans pursue a firm hierarchical order. They take into account everything, even the buttons they put, according to the status of the person to whom they were being given.

From costume worn by kings and other eminent dignitaries for instance emperors and generals, the phrase kaftan has developed its sense to similarly styled outfits. The kaftans worn at the current time can go with either a sash or a belt. Few of these are either exposed at the front or on the side locked with buttons running down from the neck to the waistline. The current kaftans differ on length with options to the hip or floor length. They are being promoted for evening and at-home attire with different fancyworks, embellishments, and also the type of cloth used in manufacturing them. When being worn at the beach, kaftans can be combined with beach hats, beach bags, and various smart sunglasses. Kaftans can be worn to hide your swimsuit too because of its slackness; it grants the air to run through and makes you feel secure. And to make your kaftans appear formal, just combine it with some tight pants and leather bags. You can also put wide belts around your kaftan to emphasize the style and appearance.

Kaftans have really made a spot in the fashion industry and are even added to the lines of Yves Saint Laurent and Halston. The Kaftan style surely flatters every figure.

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