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History of Kaftans

History of Kaftans

The Kaftan is a traditional garment worn by women in the Middle East and North Africa. It is usually made of cotton or silk and can be worn as a dress or as a robe.

The Kaftan has been around for centuries, but it wasn’t until the 20th century that it became popular in Western countries. The first time it was seen in Europe was at the Paris Exhibition of 1867.

The word “kaftan” is derived from the Arabic word “qaftan” which means “to cover”. The kaftans were originally worn by the Ottoman Turks and Arabs. They were also worn by the Persians, Indians, and Egyptians.

It is a traditional dress in Morocco, worn by both men and women. The kaftan is a long, loose-fitting garment that covers the body from the head to the feet. It has an opening at the front, which can be closed with buttons or a drawstring.  The kaftan was traditionally worn by Moroccan women as an everyday dress, but it has become more popular among Westerners as a trendy dress or cover up to wear as loungewear or on the beach.

The Silk Route is a series of trade routes that were established in the 2nd century BC. The route was used for trade between China and the Mediterranean. It was also used to transport goods from India to Persia and vice versa.

The Silk Route had a huge impact on the modern kaftan. Whilst the kaftan originated in the Middle East, it is now worn by both men and women in many countries in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. It has been influenced by many cultures along the Silk Route including Spain, India and Morocco.

It has now been adopted by many cultures including India.  The Indian kaftan is a fusion of Eastern and Western influences. It was introduced to India by the Mughals, who were descendants of Central Asian Turks. The Mughals ruled India for more than three centuries, from 1526 to 1857. They brought with them their love for flowing garments, which they called “kafans” or “kavadis” in Persian.

The Indian kaftan has evolved over time to become an elegant garment that can be worn at any occasion – from weddings to festivals to parties. It can be worn as a dress or as a cover-up. Recently many Bollywood stars such as Sonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Shilpa Shetty have been seen wearing these as loungewear.

The kaftan has been worn by women in the Western world for centuries. In the 18th century, it was popular among aristocratic women as a form of informal dress at home or at social gatherings. It was also popular among fashionable women in the 19th century as an alternative to a ball gown or evening dress. Princess Margaret was a fan of the kaftan and many of her photos at her home on the Island of Mustique show her wearing this as her choice of loungewear.

In recent years, kaftans have become more popular in Western countries due to their versatility and comfort. They can be worn as beachwear, casual wear, or formal wear depending on how they are styled and accessorized.

Kaftans are a great way to dress up for summer. They are light, breezy and perfect for the hot weather. Celebrities have been wearing them for years and they have become a staple in their wardrobe. It’s a versatile piece of clothing that can be worn in many different ways. It can be worn as a dress, skirt or even as an over-sized shirt. You can wear it with sandals or heels, depending on the occasion and your mood.

Celebrities like Beyonce, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian have been seen wearing kaftans in various ways on different occasions. They have also been seen wearing them with different accessories like hats, sunglasses or jewellery to make their look more unique and stylish.

All in all, a kaftan can make an interesting and versatile addition to your wardrobe.

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