1960s Josefa Hand Embroidered Ribbon Detailed Teal Caftan Dress w Belt

I absolutely love Josefa caftans. The are like owning a piece of wearable art as each 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 classic design based on a sleeved, caftan dress silhouette. The cotton is crisp and fresh feeling still and has been hand dyed to a beautiful deep teal color. It has hand placed ribbon detailing and a sprinkling of embroidery work. The ribbon work defines the neckline, cuffs and hem. It also runs down the tie belt that you can use to cinch in the waist for added shape. There are hand done embroidery details at the neckline and a tiny dot of it that anchors the back of each cuff. I love the one random flower that has been embroidered onto the front skirt. The deep teal green and the soft gold toned ribbon 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, painted metal zipper. Has its original matching tie belt. The fabric has natural variations in it. It looks to have been worn very little if at all. The color in person is slightly deeper and even better I think. The loose cut will allow it to fit a range of sizes

Sleeves: 23"
Shoulders: 15"
Bust: 19" flat across from side seam to side seam
Waist: to 22" flat across from side seam to side seam
Hips: to 25" flat across from side seam to side seam
Length: 59" from neck to hem

Modern Sizing Equivalent: XS-MED

Item# DD3180

Reference Photo: (1) Cherie, Owner of Shrimpton Couture, by Erin Leydon.

This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.

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