What is a Kaftan?

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A kaftan or a Caftan is a variant of loose robe or tunic which was earlier worn  by several cultures around the world for thousands of years. Earlier, Kaftan was worn as a coat or an overdress usually reaching to the ankles, with long sleeves. It can be made of wool, cashmere, silk, or cotton, and may be worn with a sash. The caftan is of ancient Mesopotamian origin. Over the period of time it has evolved in various styles and has been used for varied purposes. In regions with warm climate, it is usually a light weight and loose fitted  garment which is perfect for warm or hot weather conditions.

A kaftan is a long and loose dress that women in Pakistan, Persia, and select other middle eastern countries wear as traditional daily wear. These days it a kaftan is a long, robe-like garment that’s often made of very vivid, bright cloth. Although traditional Kaftans used to be ankel length, but today they are available in a variety of lengths, sizes, designs, fabrics and styles. Some fancier kaftans have elaborate embroidery, ribbons, buttons, and materials. A kaftan may be open down the front and come with a self-tie belt, or it may feature a zipper closure. Some voluminous garments have a wide neck and are designed as pull-overs. The neckline of this garment may be round, square, or v-shaped.