Moroccan Kaftan : Design A to Z Guide and Helpful Tips

Moroccan Kaftan

Moroccan Kaftan Guide

After Muslims and Jews moved to Morocco from Andalusia in the 16th century,  Moroccan Kaftan has been a part of Moroccan culture and fashion ever since. At first, the heavily decorated piece of clothing was worn as a coat or overdress, and both men and women used it to keep cool. But by the middle of the 20th century, the kaftan had become an exotic and sought-after style. Both Moroccan and foreign designers make them and sell them in ready-to-wear collections. Celebri, politicians, and models from all over the world have started wearing the traditional Moroccan kaftan as part of their wardrobe.

The Moroccan Kaftan has been worn by many people for many years.

Already in 2019, the Moroccan kaftan has made a strong fashion statement more than once. In the spring, Christian Dior showed his 2020 Cruise Collection at the El Badi Palace in Marrakech. Several of the looks were based on kaftans. During her Women’s Empowerment trip to Morocco in November 2019, Ivanka Trump was seen sparkling in a gold Moroccan dress when she met with Princess Lalla Meryem. The Morocco in Abu Dhabi Fashion Festival 2019 was also all about kaftans. “The Kaftan has been passed down for many generations,” said designer Sofia Ben Ibrahim about the show. In her 2018 movie The Post, Meryl Streep wore a silky ivory-gold caftan. Camilla Parker Bowles, the British duchess of England, is also a big fan of the kaftan. In 2011, she went to the Rabat kaftan fashion show. After that, people started calling her “the queen of caftans.”

There are a few different kinds of Moroccan kaftans.

Kaftans come in many different styles. They range from simple cotton pieces for lounging to fancy dresses with special embroidery for special occasions. Each part of Morocco has a different style of kaftan. In Rabat, kaftans are known for their bright threads, floral and leaf designs, and intricate stitching. In Meknes and Fes, squares, triangles, and straight lines are used to decorate kaftans. Morocco’s history has given rise to these different styles. The people who have always lived in the kingdom are Berber, and they make up more than 70% of the population. The Phoenicians, Portuguese, British, Spanish, French, and even the Ottomans, who took over Fes in 1554, have all lived in the country, though. Before the Kaftan came to Andalusia, the Ottoman sultans wore it. The strong Ottoman presence was felt all over the world for hundreds of years. Designers all over the world have been getting ideas from kaftans for a long time. The Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Marrakech has a collection of the designer’s kaftas. Kaftans are fun to shop for and add to wardrobes all over the world because they are so popular and have changed over time. You can get a kaftan at 33 Rue Majorelle, Max & Jan, Kaftan Queen, or Norya Ayron, which are all Marrakech concept stores. You can also buy fabric and have a local Moroccan tailor make your own kaftan for you.

Is a Moroccan djellaba the same as a kaftan?

People sometimes get these two words mixed up because both are long and can be worn as a cover-up. But they are worn in different ways and places and have different styles and histories. A kaftan does not have a hood, while a djellaba does. Djellabas are made of wool and are usually worn by Berber or Amazigh men who live in the Atlas Mountains. Men and women in the medina wear light cotton djellabas in different colours.

How should you accessorise a kaftan outfit?

Moroccan women wear their kaftans with gold or silver heels, sparkly earrings, and a glamorous makeup look.

How long will it take to make my Kaftan?

Caftans with embroidery will take a lot of work, so you will need to be patient. It can take up to a few weeks to make these detailed looks. You’ll get the right size, and when the work is done, your caftan will be sent to you internationally. spectacler
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