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History Of Kaftans

By Megan Edwards

Many items in this world have a very rich, varied and colorful history, be it the pencil you use to write with or the clothes you wear. Speaking of clothes, there is a certain piece of clothing that’s recognizable the world over. That certain piece of wonderful clothing is the kaftan.

So, what is the history of the kaftan?

First of all – what is kaftan?

A kaftan is a cloak made from silk or fiber that is worn by both men and women. It contains buttons up the front end, long sleeves; it reaches down to the ankles and is worn with sashes.

These pieces of clothing are often sewn on the frontal area as well as on the sleeves. The first to incorporate colors into their kaftans were the Ottoman sultans during the 14th century. During that time, some of the kaftans became so prized that they were often given as gifts for important visitors and the generals of victorious armies especially during religious fetes. At that time, the many different colors of a kaftan, especially subdued ones, were mostly used to define the rank of the one who was to receive such an item. By the time the 17th century came to pass, the kaftan was made using exquisite fabrics. It also had different little patterns such as vertical stripes.

Most of the fabrics used to make a kaftan were found in Istanbul and Bursa in Turkey, respectively. However, some of the fabric used also came from faraway places such as Venice and Genoa in Italy, Persia(Iran) and as far off as China. Velvet was a popular fabric used in the creation of a kaftan among many others. The colors in which a kaftan came in was blue, red, violet and yellow among others. The Topkapi Museum in Istanbul, Turkey houses a wide assortment of Turkish kaftans.

Turkey wasn’t the only place that made use of Kaftans. In Russia, the kaftan was a type of long suit that had long tense sleeves being worn by men. These were generally used among the peasantry and the mercantile in the 19th century.

In Morocco, women are the ones who wear kaftans. These are noticeably different from their counterparts in turkey. A kaftan is the original dress in Morocco. These can be worn during dinners, engagements and wedding among others.

In Southeast Asia, there is the batik kaftan. This type is made for the cool feeling it creates even in the sultry heat. The kaftan in this region mostly has theoretical designs and the fabrics used range from silk to viscose.

In West Africa, the kaftan is a dressing gown which you can pull over. Men and women both wear this kaftan.

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