1960s Josefa Hand Embroidered Ocean Blue & Turquoise Bell Sleeve Caftan
I love Josefa caftans and have covered the history of the label a couple of times in my instagram (go peek one day). They are like owning a piece of wearable art. Every single one of them was entirely hand made, detailed and embroidered. They were made in Mexico in the late sixties to early seventies and were the epitome of Bohemian chic in their day. They are easy to wear pieces that can go from the beach, to exploring far off markets, to being worn as an evening piece depending on how you style them.
This one is a gorgeous example of her work. The cotton is crisp and fresh feeling still and has been hand dyed to a beautiful ocean blue color with lighter turquoise accents. It has hand done embroidery work at the front neck and down the front. Piping in the lighter blue defines the neckline and sleeves. The sleeves are incredible. Each ends in a huge flare and those flares are actually a full circle of fabric. This gives them incredible volume and movement. The skirt also flares out and its volume is achieved through the turquoise insert that are set in long inverted triangles of fabric. The ocean blue and turquoise inserts and embroidery perfectly compliment each other. It is cut to sit slightly more fitted through the bodice and then flares out dramatically as it reaches the hem. The sleeves are cut to do the same and widen out as they near the cuffs. Excellent condition
Unlined and closes with a back metal zipper. The fabric has natural variations in it. It looks to have been worn very little if at all. The color in person is slightly lighter and more an ocean blue and true turquoise then how it photoed. It's even better in person I think. The loose cut will allow it to fit a range of sizes.
Bust: 18" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 17" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 21" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 56" 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.