1960s Josefa Pink & Green Hand Embroidered Cotton Caftan Dress
Each Josefa labeled piece was hand made in Mexico in the late sixties to early seventies. They made fabulous little caftans that are amazing pieces of art-to-wear. They look and feel like it could have been worn by Talitha Getty or any of the other jet-set girls that really pushed the Bohemian movement forward in their day. It is an easy to wear piece that you can wear to the beach, all through a day of exploring or as an evening piece with a change of accessories. The design is based on a classic sleeved, caftan dress silhouette that pairs a finely woven, brilliantly hand dyed cotton with with hand done embroidery work. The embroidery details the entire neckline and is also down around each cuff. I love the mix of green and that dusty pink and how the embroidery works sets both off wonderfully. It is cut to be slightly more fitted through the top and then flares out dramatically as it nears the hem. Each sleeve mimics this flaring out shape. and ends with wide cuffs. This one is not perfect but the flaws are cosmetic only. If you don't mind that your vintage is not 100% then this is a delightful find.
Unlined and slips on to wear with a row of buttons across the top of each shoulder. The fabric has natural variations in it. All throughout the pink panels there are light foxing marks and I see some variations in the green as well. Please review the shot after the label photo to see the worst of it. It is strong and wearable otherwise and too pretty not to be given a chance to be loved again by someone who is OK with things not being 100% perfect. It is also priced dramatically lower then it would be normally. Note that in person the colors are slightly deeper then how they photoed and the loose cut should work on a variety of sizes
Sleeves: approx 20"
Shoulders: no defined seam but approx 15"
Bust: to 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 18.5" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 54" from neck to hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.