If you are wondering what could be that one item in the wardrobe that would work for all body shapes, occasions and weather conditions – then look no further, and invest in a beautiful kaftan to sail through this season in style. A variant of the robe or tunic, kaftans are not just fancy beach cover-ups for your swimwear but also a symbol of royal style in many cultures. Usually weaved in wool, cashmere, silk, or cotton – kaftans can actually be worn by both genders as a loose-fitting garment or layered as a jacket over a delicate inner outfit.
The echoes of Gold & Silver thread embroidery on fine fabric have been reverberating in India since Rig Vedic times between 1500 and 1200 BC. It was nurtured in places as far flung as Iran, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, Turkey & Central Asia for thousands of years before it prospered during the 17th century in the reign of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. A loss of royal patronage and industrialization led to its decline before the craft began to experience a resurgence in popularity following India’s independence in 1947.